Town of Camillus recognized for traffic safety efforts

The town of Camillus received the Automobile Association of America's highest Community Traffic Safety Award, platinum, for the fourth year in a row. The Camillus Police Department was recognized at a ceremony held Jan. 11 at Dinosaur Barbeque in Syracuse.

"It is their participation in a traffic safety leadership group, ongoing support and development of traffic safety programs and projects to benefit their community, and accurate reporting of statistical data that lends to their continued success in our program," said Diana Dibble, a spokesperson for AAA.

Camillus has participated in AAA's program for 10 years, having also earned one silver award and five gold awards. Camillus Police Capt. Steve Rotunno said the police department has built its program to the level of platinum, using AAA's standards as a guide. He cited the town's senior driving program, developed in 2010, as one example of how the department has continued to sharpen its focus on safety.

"One of our main goals is to keep our community as safe as possible," Rotunno said. "We are a proactive police department, and we're always looking for ways to better our program."

Camillus was one of eight municipalities in New York State, and one of four in Onondaga County, to receive platinum honors - also recognized at the highest level were the villages of Baldwinsville and East Syracuse and the town of Manlius. Gold awards were given to the town of Dewitt and the village of Liverpool.

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