FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2015
MEDIA CONTACTS: Carole Trottere, Ryan Mulholland, Sam Marksheid, and Rebecca Cheng | (516) 869-7794
Town and PWPD Remind Residents to Be Smart & Drive Safely
North Hempstead, NY – The Port Washington Police District (PWPD), in conjunction with the Town of North Hempstead, is actively publicizing a safe driving initiative for the Port Washington peninsula.
Be Smart – Drive Safely has been seen on banners and bumper/window stickers around town for the past year. After a competition, Jo McGinty and Steve Kaplan collaborated to develop the acronym “Be S.M.A.R.T. Safety Matters. Act Responsibly. Tell others”. Kaplan then had bumper/window stickers made which are available at PWPD headquarters to all who want to promote safe driving. In addition, Kaplan began getting commercial sponsors to fund PWPD banners around town and spoke with Town officials who authorized installation of similar banners at Town Dock and other Town facilities to get the message to drivers in our area.
”We are proud to partner with the Port Washington Police District and the local community on this critical safety initiative,” Supervisor Bosworth said. “These signs and notifications around the Town should serve as a reminder to residents of the importance of following all traffic laws, which enables us to continue to enjoy a high quality of life in the Town.”
Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio said, “It is my pleasure to support the PWPD and to reinforce the message of the BE SMART campaign.”
Chief Jim Salerno and The PWPD have instituted various safety initiatives, like driver check points for DWI, safety cross walk instructions and enforcement, and child seat installation assistance. In addition, Pubic Safety forums were scheduled at the PW Library, in our Villages, and organizations around town, all in an effort to make our town and streets safer.
Chief Salerno reminds all motorists to please obey traffic safety laws. Violators will be called to task when they endanger the safety of our residents. There are too many complaints regarding cell phones / texting, speeding, stop signs, parking in dangerous locations and illegal U turn violations. Chief Salerno and the Board of Commissioners continue to work closely with the Town of North Hempstead in helping to make Port Washington safer.
For more information on this initiative, please call 311 or 516-869-6311.
PW Police Traffic Safety Officer Tracy Diguardi; PWPD Deputy Chief Jeffrey Morris; Steve Kaplan, Drive Smart Campaign Coordinator; PWPD Chief James Salerno; Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman; Town Clerk Wayne Wink; Supervisor Bosworth; Councilwoman De Giorgio; PW Police Commissioner David Franklin; PW Police Commissioner Angela Lawlor Mullins; PWPD Deputy Chief Robert DelMur