Utica, NY (WIBX) - In an effort to improve traffic safety in Oneida County, members of the Utica Police Department conducted a training class at the Mohawk Valley Refugee Resource Center for members of the areas refugee population. Officials say the class was to teach the refugees safe strategies for crossing the street such as, how to use cross walks, pedestrian traffic laws, stopping distances of vehicles and how traffic crossing signals work.

MVRRC staff assisted UPD with the training course as well as members of the Governor's Traffic Safety Council's Multicultural Traffic Safety Education Committee. According to the report, part of the training included the use of temporary traffic signals. UPD Chief Mark Williams thanked and recognized, Sergeant Albin Uryniak and Police Officer Maynard Anken who volunteered their time to conduct the traffic safety course. Williams says their efforts advances the departments goal to improve community relations