State troopers in particular play a big role in driving home the safety message to young drivers. That's part of the reason troop "G" in Hollidaysburg was given a platinum award for their safety promotion efforts.
Several other Blair County Police Agencies including Hollidaysburg, Duncansville, Altoona, Logan Township and the Penn State Altoona Department were also honored for safety promotion efforts that appear to be making a difference. While the Departments honored say they appreciate the recognition, the real pay off for their safety promotion efforts comes from the traffic accidents and injuries to young people that don't occur.
The sponsor of Thursday's awards, the Automobile Association of America says with almost 1300 deaths on Pennsylvania highways last year, it make a lot of sense to focus attention on those who promote highway safety.