Graham receives award for traffic safety efforts

GerriAnne Graham of John Day was presented with a "Leadership in Community Traffic Safety Award during the annual Oregon Transportation Safety Awards convention held in mid-October in Eugene. Graham (center), is flanked by Mike Laverty (at left), president of ACTS and Troy Costales, ODOT director of traffic safety. Submitted photo

JOHN DAY - Grant County Safe Communities program coordinator GerriAnne Graham won the Alliance for Community Traffic Safety, ACTS Oregon "Leadership in Traffic Safety Award" which she accepted in mid-October at the Oregon Department of Transportation Department's Traffic Safety Conference in Eugene.

Graham was one of 12 individuals and organizations selected by ACTS Oregon and ODOT Transportation Safety Division to receive awards. She was nominated by Oregon State Police Sgt. Gordon Larson of the John Day Outpost.

Graham's devotion to child safety efforts is considered far beyond her part-time position. The tribute stated, "GerriAnne is the driving force behind numerous traffic safety efforts in this remote Eastern Oregon community."

Her efforts include the installation of school zone safety lights to warn motorists to slow down and watch for children while passing Grant Union High School, organization of the Grant County Health Fair in March 2003 which focused on a variety of preventable injuries and urged use of safety restraints in vehicles and bike helmets. Free bike helmets and youth car seats and booster seats have been made available.

Next on Graham's agenda to assist Grant County families is another Car Seat Clinic set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Grant County Health Department on East Highway 26.

For more information, contact Graham at (541) 575-1363.

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