The Spring Hill Police Department remains an award-winning agency in traffic safety.
At the March 8 City Council meeting, Bob Hamilton, law enforcement liaison for the Kansas Department of Transportation, awarded the Platinum AAA Kansas Community Traffic Safety Award to Chief Richard Mann and the Spring Hill Police Department.
It is the second consecutive platinum award for the department. It is the third consecutive year the department received a traffic safety award from AAA.
“This award program is designed to encourage community law enforcement agencies to address local traffic safety issues in a coordinated and cost-effective way,” an AAA news release said.
The police department was recognized for several activities and programs, including:
- Having a department policy requiring seat belt use by employees;
- Participating in the community-based Public Safety Advisory Board;
- Participating in the highly successful Kansas teen seatbelt usage program, called SAFE;
- Conducting Click It or Ticket and DUI enforcement campaigns in town as well as a seat belt inspection at the high school;
- Executing their “CRASH” Community Roadway Awareness enforcement efforts including school zone speed, stop sign adherence and seat belt usage.
Because of the police department’s efforts, the number of Click or Ticket violations cited increased from 116 in 2015 to 196 in 2016 and no alcohol-related crashes occurred in Spring Hill in 2016, according to the release.
“AAA would like to thank Spring Hill’s Mayor Steven Ellis and Council for the support provided to Chief Mann, to make his department one of only 34 Kansas police departments to qualify for a 2017 AAA award and one of 16 to achieve the platinum level,” the release said. “Without that support, the Spring Hill PD couldn’t do the exceptional job they do keeping their community safe.”
For more information about the Spring Hill Police Department, visit www.springhillks.gov For more information about AAA, visit www.AAA.com