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August 12, 2011
CONTACT: John Anderson Police Chief

Moreno Valley Ranks 3rd in the Nation
for Traffic Safety

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and as reported by, Moreno Valley ranks 3rd in the nation for traffic safety among cities with a population over 150,000. With just 1.23 fatalities per 100,000 residents, Moreno Valley was recognized as one of the safest cities for drivers and pedestrians. Only Arlington, Virginia and Vancouver, Washington ranked higher.

"I served as both a Traffic Sergeant and Traffic Lieutenant in my career and traffic safety is a particular passion of mine," stated Moreno Valley Police Chief John Anderson. "The Moreno Valley City Council has always provided us with the resources we need to implement the most effective programs available to keep our roadways safe for the motoring public."

The Moreno Valley Police Department recently was awarded 1st place and the special award for speed enforcement in the California Law Enforcement Challenge, a competition between similar sizes and types of law enforcement agencies that recognizes and rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in California. The Traffic Division also earned the 1st place award in the National Law Enforcement Challenge. In Fiscal Year 2010/11, the Traffic Unit made 811 DUI Arrests. Additionally, traffic collisions, hit and run, non-injury, injury, DUI, and fatal traffic collisions were down approximately 30% over the last three years due to increased enforcement.

Regarding the national ranking, Mayor Richard A. Stewart stated "Our excellent traffic safety record is the result of a comprehensive effort on the part of the City's Traffic Engineering Division, the Traffic Safety Commission, and of course the Moreno Valley Police Department. I'm extremely proud of this team and their efforts on behalf of the safety of our residents."

To view the article on the safest (and most dangerous) cities for driving as reported by, go to For more information on the Police Department's traffic safety programs, contact Lieutenant Tim Morin of the Moreno Valley Police Department at 951.486.6900.

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