Greenville Police Chief says changes have improved traffic safety

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) The North Carolina Department of Transportation says that Greenville has moved from the number one spot for car crashes to number five in the state after the Greenville Traffic Safety Task Force put more effort into improving traffic safety, including putting up red light cameras and road delineators to make center-left turns safer.

Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman says they are bringing car crash numbers down by focusing on areas like the corner of Smythewyck and Arlington Boulevard, which had 22 major crashes last year. "We put the center delineators up, the prevention turn delineators and we saw two minor crashes there the following year. So we know it's successful," he said.

The task force, made up of the GPD, Greenville, NC Public Works, Vidant Medical Center, Vidant PD, Vidant Injury Prevention, East Carolina University Police Department, and the NCDOT, recently accepted a Collaboration Award from the Governors Highway Safety Program for their efforts.