AAA Northeast held its 53rd annual Traffic Safety Awards luncheon in Garden City in October, recognizing individuals, organizations and communities for efforts to bolster traffic safety in New York.
Marjorie Marciano, retired executive director of safety education and outreach for the New York City Department of Transportation, received an individual award for outstanding achievement in traffic safety. Marciano was the city’s first child passenger safety seat technician instructor and, in 2003, she started the New York City Safe Kids Coalition, a member of the global Safe Kids network.
“We honored Mrs. Marciano for her accomplished career and years of dedication and commitment to traffic safety education for children, parents and professionals,” said John Corlett, director of public and government affairs for AAA Northeast.
CBS 2 & WLNY 10/55 received an organizational award for outstanding achievement in traffic safety. The television stations helped the club promote bicycle safety through a variety of efforts and created a coloring book with submissions from the AAA Traffic Safety Poster & Video Contest.
The club also honored communities for the quality of their traffic safety efforts. The highest award – platinum – went to Garden City, Greenburgh, Long Beach, Lynbrook, New York City and White Plains. Seventeen communities received gold awards, seven received silver and one received bronze.
Additionally, several communities received commendations for 10 or more consecutive years without a pedestrian fatality. They included Irvington (51 years), Tuckahoe (43), Goshen (29), Larchmont (29), Croton-on-Hudson (24), Great Neck Estates (19), New Paltz (17), Pelham Manor (17), Pelham (16) and Rye Brook (11).
Read more about how AAA is involved with community efforts here.