Holly Springs awarded for safe roads

aspecht@newsobserver.comJanuary 17, 2014 

— The town has joined Cary and Apex in having some of the safest roads in North Carolina, according to AAA Carolinas.

Holly Springs was one of four North Carolina towns with populations between 10,000 and 30,000 to be named an Outstanding Traffic Safe Community by the insurance company.

Laurinburg, Cornelius and Tarboro were the other winners.

It was the second year in a row Holly Springs earned the designation.

Cary and Apex earned the same designation for towns with populations over 30,000. Cary was won the award nine times, and Apex has won it five times.

AAA Carolinas judged the safety of each town’s roads by looking at the number of accidents, the ratio of law enforcement officers to residents and the effectiveness of traffic safety campaigns, said Angela Vogel Daley, a spokewoman for AAA Carolinas.

“The crash statistics are the biggest portion of it, 70 percent,” she said.

The 2013 award is based on statistics from 2012, she added. It takes a year for AAA Carolinas and researchers at UNC-Charlotte to review and interpret the data.

In Holly Springs, there were 249 accidents in 2012, just one more than in 2011, according to data provided by AAA Carolinas.

In Cary, there were 2,304 accidents in 2012, up from 2,020 in 2011.

In Apex, there were 813 accidents in 2012, up from 798 in 2011.

Holly Springs police chief John Herring credited the award to the town’s three-officer traffic safety team, which was created in 2010 with help from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

The team is coordinated and active, Herring said.

Aside from the stationary checkpoints, “We also do saturation campaigns where we have multiple officers in a particular area,” he said.

Specht: 919-460-2608; Twitter: @AndySpecht

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