CHARLOTTE – Fifteen cities in North Carolina have earned recognition for traffic safety from the AAA of the Carolinas. Cary took home the grand-prize during a luncheon in Durham Tuesday.
The award is based on crash statistics, number of law enforcement officers and presence of traffic safety programs.
Officials commend cities for their continued effort but say it's always a challenge to keep roads and highways safe in North Carolina.
"One of the things is we're a state with a lot of people moving in and out,” said President of AAA Carolinas' Foundation for Traffic Safety Tom Crosby. “I think as we bring people into this state, they're not familiar with the laws. They're not familiar with the area."
Nine of the 15 traffic safe communities are repeat winners.
Top 5 North Carolina cities in each category:
Population greater than 30,000
Population between 10,000-30,000
Population less than 10,000
Bald Head Island
* repeat winners