Three Warren County police departments were recognized by the American Automobile Association for their safety efforts on the highways and in the community.
Gold Awards were given to the Warren and Youngsville Police Departments, and the Warren County Sheriff's Office received a silver award during a presentation for the Community Traffic Safety Awards program on Tuesday in Jamestown, N.Y.
Youngsville Chief Todd Mineweaser said that the AAA recognizes area agencies for highway safety, education in the schools and child safety seat inspections.
"We do special details for aggressive driving, PA Buckle Up, DUI enforcement and Operation Safe Stop for school bus stops," he said.
"We're involved at the high school level with "Survival 101, Drive to Stay Alive" PowerPoint presentations for driver's education classes that shows what happens to cars and the human body in crashes."
"The big thing is to try to encourage them to slow down," he added.
Another education is a 16-minute presentation to 16-year-olds who have just received their drivers' licenses. Photos included in the presentation are of real accidents and show damage and injuries.
Mineweaser said that the AAA collects data on enforcement that helps keep the highways safe, and recognizes the police organizations that make the effort.
Chief Deputy William Gardner of the Warren County Sheriff's Department said that they also had participated in the DUI enforcement and the PA Buckle Up programs, running several events.
A Teen Mobilization program was held at Sheffield Middle High School this year, focusing on seat belt checks with follow-up enforcement in the succeeding week.
"We set up safety check points and Traffic Enforcement Zones with signs. Some motorists still sped through them," he said.
Others receiving honors include the Jamestown, N.Y., Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department, the New York State Police Troop A-Zone III in Jamestown, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and the St. Mary's Police Department.