AAA and SEMCOG Announce Walk-Bike-Drive Safety Partnership

                   


 

News Release
June 28, 2018                                                           
 
Contacts:         
AAA - The Auto Club Group                                                              SEMCOG                                       
Susan Hiltz, Public Affairs Director, Michigan                            Trevor Layton, SEMCOG Communications
C: 586.940.0278                                                                                    O: 313.580.6195                         
slhiltz@aaamichigan.com                                                                 layton@semcog.org
 
                                                     
AAA and SEMCOG Announce Walk-Bike-Drive Safety Partnership
New SEMCOG Report Validates Growing Traffic Safety Concerns
 
Dearborn, Michigan (June 28, 2018) —  Summer is in full swing as the Independence Day holiday approaches.  With warmer weather providing more opportunities for people to be mobile and enjoy the outdoors, pedestrian, bike and vehicle traffic is expected to increase.  Regardless of how people are traveling, safety should remain a top priority, according to a newly released “Quick Facts” Report  from SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.
 
In response to the findings from this report and in an effort to address growing concerns about traffic safety, AAA and SEMCOG will be officially announcing their Walk-Bike-Drive Safety Partnership in conjunction with SEMCOG’s Southeast Michigan Communicators Network conference being held at Little Caesars Arena this afternoon.  The two organizations will team up with communities and agencies throughout the region to educate the public through media, material and information distribution, community events and public awareness activities throughout the year.
 
“The main goals of our partnership are to reduce the number and severity of non-motorized crashes, increase knowledge of the responsibilities of walkers, bicyclists and motorists, and build respect between all road users,” said Kathleen Lomako, Executive Director of SEMCOG.
 
“As an advocate for the motoring, biking and walking public, AAA is honored to join forces with SEMCOG in this important effort to increase public awareness about traffic safety. We look forward to having a positive impact on Michigan motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians with this partnership,” added Susan Hiltz, Michigan Public Affairs Director for  AAA – The Auto Club Group.
 
AAA and SEMCOG offer these Walk, Bike, Drive Safety Tips:
 
Walk Safe
Always

Never

 
Bike Safe
Always

Never

 
Drive Safe
Always

Never

 
Quick Facts Report – Key Findings from Southeast Michigan Traffic Crash Data
 
Traffic fatalities down, but serious injuries on the rise

 
 
AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary - A Century of Service last year and has over 1.4 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG).  Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 57 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.
SEMCOG is a regional planning partnership of governmental units serving 4.7 million people in the seven-county region of Southeast Michigan striving to enhance the region's quality of life. Learn more about SEMCOG HERE.
The Southeast Michigan Traffic Safety Plan was developed by SEMCOG. It utilizes the four Es of safety: engineering, education, enforcement, and emergency medical services to address safety issues in the region. SEMCOG uses crash data from the Michigan State Police, Criminal Justice Information Center (CJIC), to update various safety resources. Based on 2017 data, SEMCOG has updated information on traffic crashes, fatalities, and serious injuries. Crash factors identified as key emphasis areas include older drivers, younger drivers, pedestrians, bicycles, lane departures, drugs, and alcohol. Learn more about the Southeast Michigan Traffic Safety Plan HERE.