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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Greenburgh receives highest safety award from AAA- the Platinum Award!

We have focused significant resources trying to make the town safer for pedestrians and motorists


Greenburgh receives highest award from AAA for traffic and safety initiatives

The town of Greenburgh received the AAA Northeast Platinum Award--the highest traffic and safety award that can be given to any municipality. During Chief Chris McNerney's tenure with the Greenburgh Police we received the award five times. Sergeant Nick Reckson  also deserves significant credit and thanks for his hard work over the years making our town safer.
 
 
"Walk Safe Greenburgh" started as a social media campaign to bring awareness to pedestrians and Drivers It was started by P.O. Eric Lederer of the Greenburgh Traffic and Safety unit after several pedestrian/vehicle related crashes had occurred. the incidents occurred at night, and the pedestrians were wearing dark clothing not in a crosswalk. Or those occurring during daylight hours the pedestrians were not in or non compliant with crosswalks. The education message to the public began using the news media to cover some of the crashes and how they happened. 

The second was using Variable message trailers placed throughout the town to remind drivers and pedestrians to "Walk Safe" then we had our social media group make educational Videos which demonstrate the dangers of wearing dark clothing and walking or driving while distracted.. One common theme we noticed were that some of We produced these educational videos and then shared them with each of our school districts, local civic groups and the departments Facebook and Twitter as well as several news agencies. youtube.com/watch?v=aix8o_jZczE , Youtube.com/watch?v=VictTuN0Ytk. In recent years the Town of Greenburgh has distributed thousands of free reflectors to pedestrians.  Currently, these reflectors can be picked up at Greenburgh Town Hall and the Theodore Young Community Center.

 The Walk Safe education Continues today, The town has installed miles of new sidewalks connecting low income housing developments to Parks, shopping and houses of worship.  New sidewalks are currently in the design planning stage for Hillside Ave, Juniper Hill and N Washington Ave. A sidewalk on Central Ave from Marion Ave to West Hartsdale Ave should be completed within two weeks.

Three additional crosswalks featuring Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacons, and audio for the vision impaired. The Town has also worked with NYSDOT to install a HAWK (High Intensity Activated Crosswalk) crossing Central Ave at Lawton St. That HAWK  system will be installed and operational in 2022. The intersection of Ardsley Road At Sprain Road has a brand new traffic signal with advanced warning, helping to reduce crashes at that intersection and improve traffic flow. East Hartsdale Ave is slated to receive  Syncro green Adaptive traffic management signals. Although 2020 had people working from home, more people working from home increased traffic complaints from those who were home to observe traffic issues. Our departments online presence had grown substantially due to remote working and learning which helped our education program
Paul Feiner

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