CHPD's efforts earn statewide award

CHPD's efforts earn statewide award
Posted on 12/07/2012

At the Zero Fatalities Safety Summit on Oct. 26, the Cottonwood Heights Police Department was presented with the Commissioner’s Excellence in Traffic Safety Award for having the most comprehensive traffic safety program aimed at reducing death and injury on Utah’s roadways. The award was presented by Commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety Lance Davenport.

Sergeant Ted Tingey of Utah Highway Patrol nominated CHPD for the award, noting that the city’s police department has launched specific programs aimed at reducing the number of impaired drivers and DUI-related crashes in the city as well as focusing on seatbelt and speed enforcement.

“This agency has done exceptional work the past couple of years with regard to traffic safety and being involved in the community in an effort to promote safety,” said Tingey.

Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, Jr. congratulated the police department on earning the award, saying the creation of CHPD has led to increased safety in the community.

“In starting our own police department four years ago, we had an objective to improve traffic safety in order to save lives and property,” he said. “By singling out CHPD from all other agencies in the state, this award validates the superb efforts we have witnessed internally for the past four years. I couldn’t be more proud of our police department and believe they are very deserving of this award.”

The Zero Fatalities Program began in 2006. It is a multi-agency effort sponsored by the Utah Department of Transportation, the Utah Department of Public Safety and numerous other agencies and organizations throughout the state. The goal of the program is to reduce traffic fatalities by educating Utahns about the top five most dangerous behaviors that lead to deaths on Utah’s roads: distracted driving, drowsy driving, impaired driving, aggressive driving, and reduced seatbelt use. Since the program began, traffic fatalities in Utah have decreased by 15 percent, and last year Utah saw the lowest number of traffic fatalities in 37 years.