• Courtesy Photo - From left to right Texas Municipal Court Education Center (TMCEC) Program Attourney Ned Minevitz, Judge Barbara McMillon, Chief Court Clerk Terri Price and TMCEC Executive Director Hope Lockridge.

Linden Municipal Court receives Traffic Safety Award for fifth consecutive year

The Linden Municipal Court was recognized in San Antonio on March 27 as a 2018 Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Award Winner. 
The Court was one of eight award recipients in the State in the ‘low volume’ category. The ‘low volume’ category are towns that have a population under 30,000. 
The competition remains very rigid in this category and this is the fifth year straight for the Linden Municipal Court to be recognized as an award winner. 
Recognizing that driving often spans from county to county or even state to state, the Linden Municipal Court prescribes to the theory that outreach should not be confined to the court’s jurisdictional limits. 
Judge Barbara McMillon partnered with TXDOT as an active participant in the Northeast Texas Traffic Safety Coalition. 
This coalition gives the judge the opportunities to conduct outreach activities in seven different counties: Bowie, Cass, Harrison, Marion, Morris, Panola and Upshur. The court and TXDOT Traffic Safety Specialist, Irene Webster teamed to create a teen coalition consisting of two students from each school in Cass County. 
The teen coalition created a video to be shown to area schools that highlighted the dangers of impaired driving. 
The video includes a simulated scenario where teens plan a party that eventually results in a fatal drunk driving crash. 
Judge McMillon and Traffic Safety Specialist, Irene Webster also created a Mature Driver Safety Program to educate mature drivers that are widowed and always had someone in their lives to depend on for car safety but now later in life have found themselves in need of advice. 
The program was created to prevent injury and to familiarize mature drivers with their cars. The mature drivers were instructed on the distance they needed to be from the steering wheel, how to adjust mirrors, how to determine if their tires were safe and just simple instructions not to place handicap placards on their mirrors while driving.
The court is also involved with National Night Out among many other traffic safety projects and regularly participates in child safety seat checks. Since the inception of the coalition a total of 1100 child safety seats have been checked and the coalition attributes those numbers to eleven hundred lives saved.
Judge McMillon would like to thank Mayor Clarence Burns and City Manager Bob Swisher for their support and to TXDOT Traffic Safety Specialist, Irene Webster for leading the way in traffic safety!  She would like to thank her clerks Terri Price and Hollie Cates for their dedication and hard work.

Cass County Now

The Cass County Sun
122 W. Houston Street
Linden, TX 75563

Atlanta Citizens Journal
306 West Main Street
Atlanta, TX 75551