Woman honored for contributions to traffic safety

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The Washington Traffic Safety Commission recognized a local woman who for many years has dedicated her passion, time and energy to safer roads through the Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force.

The WTSC honored Nancy McClenny-Walters with its Target Zero Traffic Safety Award during an April 16 ceremony at the Lacey (Wash.) Community Center.

WTSC for the past quarter-century has recognized outstanding citizens who go beyond their job duties and make necessary contributions, changes and improvements that affect everyone’s safety on the road, according to a release.

As manager of Walla Walla County Target Zero, Nancy was recognized for her involvement in a “Click It or Ticket”-style child passenger safety project along with three other Target Zero managers and a Child Passenger Safety Program manager.

Nancy organized local emphasis patrols where car seat technicians rode with law enforcement officers to help educate them. This in turn helped educate parents and ensure kids are properly restrained, according to the release.

Twenty-five nominations were judged by a multidisciplinary team of traffic safety professionals from around the state, including Washington state departments of Transportation, Health and Licensing, Yakima County District Court and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

At the ceremony, a video featured interviews and footage showcasing the outstanding work of each individual or group winner. The video is posted on the WTSC Vimeo channel at vimeo.com/92285734.

Winners received an engraved award and a certificate, and a professional photographer took digital photos of the event.

“WTSC recognizes that it takes innovative, hardworking people all throughout the state to save lives and reduce injuries on the roads we travel every day. The WTSC is proud to honor these dedicated individuals and showcase their efforts and results,” said Erica Stineman, WTSC communications consultant.

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