Chapel Hill honored for traffic safety

AAA Carolinas' Foundation for Traffic Safety, a nonprofit organization that promotes traffic safety in North Carolina and South Carolina, named Chapel Hill on Monday as one of three winners of its 2008 Traffic Safe Community of the Year awards.

The award, presented at a luncheon at the Washington Duke Inn, cited Chapel Hill's initiative in conducting weekly safety checkpoints and child safety seat clinics with traffic team patrol officers. Other top winners were Henderson in Vance County and Highlands in Macon County.

The foundation also recognized 12 other communities with awards for leadership in traffic safety. Among them were Apex and Cary.

Traffic Safe Communities are selected by looking at crash statistics, number of law enforcement officers per capita, presence of a formal traffic safety program and existence of a special traffic division.