AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn Police Department has been presented with a Pedestrian Safety Citation from AAA of Southern New England for no pedestrian fatalities in the last six years.
The police department received a plaque from AAA that states, “In recognition of your past success in pedestrian safety and your continuing efforts to educate and protect the citizens of your community. AAA salutes your commitment to traffic safety.”
Det. Sgt. Jeffrey Lourie said the police department has assigned a traffic officer to deal with residents’ traffic concerns, which has helped prevent any pedestrian deaths in town.
“The department is proud of the fact of reducing potential problems with a pro-active approach to traffic enforcement and traffic stops,” Lourie said. “The officer goes to areas, is visible and has people obey traffic laws, and these efforts have something to do with the fact that we haven’t had a pedestrian fatality."
“We hope we’re able to continue funding the traffic officer position,” Lourie added.
Lourie said the department has responded to pedestrians and bikes struck by vehicles, but the incidents fortunately did not result in a death.
During the summer, the police department had a safety check at a pedestrian crosswalk on Auburn Street next to the high school. The police department reminded motorists that as the school year approached, those areas of town would be congested with pedestrian traffic, and motorists in all lanes must come to a complete stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
Residents with traffic-related concerns can contact the department for enforcement at 508-832-7777. Lourie said sometimes residents call up if cars are going too fast in their neighborhood, and the police department will respond to the situation and have cars slow down.