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Logan police honored for Main St. safety award at city council meeting

November 8th, 2012 Posted in Opinion

By Brandon Fonda

LOGAN – City Council members gave recognition to Logan City Police Department for a national award given by Zero Fatalities for their efforts to make Main Street in Logan safer. Council members and residents applauded as the award was handed to Lt. Rod Peterson, the officer in charge of the operation.

The campaign, Stop the Main Distraction, is in its third year of operation and has seen very positive results. Main Street is no longer the fourth-worst car accident road in Utah. Officers utilized radio and news paper advertisements to remind drivers about the dangers of distracted driving, and banners were hung reminding drivers of the importance to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

“This was a positive experience and a great opportunity for Logan police to get national recognition for our efforts to make our Main Street safer,” said Police Chief Gary Jensen.

There were a total of 439 car accidents and 3,914 citations given on Main Street from Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011. This year, there were 23 fewer car accidents.

Distracted driving is believed to be one of the main causes of the accidents.

“Officers also initiated a cell phone enforcement campaign addressing the new state law prohibiting the use of hand-held wireless communication devices,” Jensen said. “There were a total of 83 citations issued on Main Street to people who violated this law.”

The council was proud of Lt. Peterson and expressed appreciation to the police department. Peterson has been asked to speak at the State of Florida’s Traffic Safety Conference in Tampa.

In other business, Zan Murray, county project manager, gave an update on the canal project running through Logan city. “The work on the canal has gone faster and better than expected,” Murray said. “Our crews are working diligently and working well.” Good weather has allowed for cement work on the canal to be completed on time.

Murray was aware of only one resident who complained about a pipe being installed to close to his retaining wall. “We will continue to look at ways as to what can be done,” Murray said.


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