The American Automobile Association (AAA) annually presents the Community Traffic Safety Award to communities for their efforts to improve local traffic safety. This year, the Cleveland Heights Police Department was honored with the highest level of achievement - Platinum Award. "I am very proud of the men and women serving the Cleveland Heights Police Department," said Annette Mecklenburg, Cleveland Heights Chief of Police. "It is great to see that their hard work to keep the people living or visiting our city safe and secure is being nationally recognized. It is truly an honor to receive the 2017 Platinum Community Traffic Safety Award." AAA has multiple criteria used to determine award winners and their level of award. They review a community's programs or projects that address local traffic safety issues for all modes of travel (e.g. motor vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian, child passenger safety, motorcycles, etc.) through education and enforcement. The City is committed to traffic safety and has assigned more than 10 officers to a special traffic safety unit. Over the past three years, Cleveland Heights has experienced a 14 percent drop in overall traffic accidents, a 50 percent drop in bicycle accidents and a 70 percent drop in pedestrian accidents.