Tarboro focuses on being 'traffic safe'

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For five out of 10 years, Tarboro has been recognized as a “traffic safe community” by the AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety – an accomplishment worth noting.

The town was one of 14 municipalities to be recognized by the foundation this year for efforts made in traffic safety and for its programs and initiatives designed to help make roads safer. Traffic safe communities are selected based on crash statistics, number of law enforcement officers per capita and the presence of formal traffic safety programs.

All of those are important aspects of community safety.

Last year, Tarboro had a total of 151 crashes, compared to 249 crashes in Mebane and 279 crashes in Knightdale ­– communities with similar populations that appeared toward the bottom of the list.

Traffic safety is an issue that affects us all, and one that communities should take seriously. By promoting educational efforts and other programs, communities can be proactive in the effort to reduce a variety of traffic safety issues such as texting while driving, speeding and driving while intoxicated. Communities like Tarboro that are proactive in those efforts set an example for other towns and cities. We applaud Tarboro for its continued efforts to make the community a safer place.