The Snellville Police Department was recognized recently at the 19th Annual Governor’s Challenge Awards as the top agency in the state for its efforts to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving and enforcement of distracted driving laws. Courtesy City of Snellville

Snellville PD top agency for distracted driving enforcement, education

The Snellville Police Department was recognized recently at the 19th Annual Governor’s Challenge Awards as the top agency in the state for its efforts to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving and enforcement of distracted driving laws.

“This award recognizes the efforts of the men and women of the Snellville Police Department who take the role of protecting our city seriously,” Chief Roy Whitehead said. “It was a team effort that makes me proud to work with these officers every day.”

SPD has been recognized for its efforts to reduce injury and fatality traffic accidents 12 of the 19 years that the Governor’s Challenge has taken place.

Statewide, approximately 20 percent of all traffic accidents in 2017 involved a distracted driver. In Snellville, only 5 percent of all traffic accidents in 2017 involved a distracted driver, evidence the work Snellville officers are doing is helping.

Officers can often be found speaking about the dangers of distracted driving at local school and civic groups, the Citizen’s Police Academy and at city events such as Public Safety Night. The department also utilizes all of its social media platforms to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

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