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April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month


Each of us has a role to play in the protection of children.  If you witness a child being harmed or see evidence of abuse, you should make a report to child protective services or to your local police department.  Child maltreatment includes physical abuse or neglecting to provide appropriate food, clothing, and care.


Physical Signs of Abuse:

  • Unexplained burns, bruises, black eyes, or other injuries that are suspicious;
  • Unkempt or dirty appearance;
  • Inadequate medical or dental care;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Disturbed sleep;
  • Discoloration or scarring of genital area;
  • Repeated urinary tract infections; and/or
  • Wetting and soiling accidents not related to toilet training.  

Behavioral Signs of Abuse:

  • Abrupt changes in behavior (clinging, aggressiveness, withdrawal, molestation of other children; suicidal tendencies);
  • Depression and/or general anxiety;
  • Fear or anxiety about a particular person or place;
  • Abrupt changes in eating habits;
  • Major change in school performance;
  • Sudden mood swings;
  • Frequent absence from school, regular early arrival, or reluctance to go home.

Always take it seriously when children speak of being abused, or if you have suspicions.  There is no excuse for child abuse.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding child abuse or neglect, call the 24-hour Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline at 704-336-2273 or 1-800-CHILDREN.




Here's to the hidden heroes.  It takes a special strength to be the voice of calm when lives are on the line.  To take control in an emergency using just a telephone.  To get the right kind of help to the right location.  To give instructions that make a difference, no matter what the situation.  Every minute, every day, 9-1-1 professionals promise callers that they'll stay with them until help arrives.  But we say, when our telecommunicators are on the line, help has already arrived.  We would like to thank the Pineville Police Department's telecommunications department for their dedication and service.  Without them we could not function.



The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as:  "When individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property."

Some other organizations and communities define aggressive driving as, "the operation of a motor vehicle involving three or more moving violations as part of a single continuous sequence of driving acts, which is likely to endanger any person or property."

Some behaviors typically associated with aggressive driving include:

  • exceeding the posted speed limit
  • following too closely
  • erratic or unsafe lane changes
  • improper signaling when changing lanes, or failure to signal
  • failure to obey traffic control devices (stop signs, yield signs, traffic signals, railroad grade cross signals, etc.).

Law enforcement agencies typically include red light running as part of their definition of aggressive driving.  The NHTSA calls the act of red light running as one of the most dangerous forms of aggressive driving.


The Pineville town-wide speed limit is 35 mph, unless otherwise noted.  The speed limit is 20 mph on Main Street.  The Pineville Police Department will be strictly enforcing these limits.  Be sure to observe the posted limits if you do not wish to receive a ticket.



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Pineville Police
427 Main Street
Pineville, NC 28134


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