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Monday, April 15, 2013

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DENVER – Today at the 31st Annual Lifesavers Conference, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) presented 14 individuals and organizations with the agency's top public service award for their tireless efforts in advancing highway safety throughout the country. 


“Safety is the Department of Transportation’s top priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  “But we can’t get there alone.  The individuals we recognize today are making a difference by helping reduce highway fatalities and injuries in states and localities across the country.”


The Lifesavers conference brings together individuals and public safety groups who all share the common goal of making America’s roads and communities safer.  Participants are introduced to fresh ideas that help promote life-saving strategies and techniques. The innovative concepts shared during Lifesavers help participants create relevant solutions for highway safety problems in their individual jurisdictions. This year’s conference, hosted by the non-profit Lifesavers organization, runs from April 14-16, and is expected to draw well over 1,500 participants and 95 exhibitors. 


“The individuals and organizations that are being honored today have exemplified extraordinary commitment to keeping drivers safe on our nation’s roadways,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “These awards are just a small token of our appreciation for their hard work and substantial contributions helping to improve traffic safety throughout the year.”


The 14 public service award winners, and their plaque citations, are as follows:


California AVOID DUI Coalition

In recognition of your tireless efforts in saving lives on California’s roadways, reducing alcohol-related fatalities by 39 percent since 2005.


Candace Cheatem

Deputy Director, Local Investment Commission

Kansas City, Missouri

In recognition of your outstanding dedication to the promotion of occupant protection programs to save lives and prevent injuries among diverse populations in Kansas City.


Warren Diepraam

Trial Division and Vehicular Crimes Section Chief

Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office

Conroe, Texas

In recognition of your commitment to making Montgomery County, Texas roadways safer through innovative enforcement of traffic safety laws.


The Honorable David Freudenthal

Former Governor of Wyoming

Cheyenne, Wyoming

In recognition of your leadership in DUI prevention through policy initiatives, public awareness promotion, and law enforcement recognition in Wyoming.


Sergeant John Gonzales

Meridian Police Department

Meridian, Idaho

In recognition of your innovative and proven methods of working with traffic safety partners to save teen and young adult lives in Meridian, Idaho.


The Honorable Kent Lawrence

Former Athens/Clarke County DWI Court Judge

Athens, Georgia

In recognition of your commitment and dedication to creating and building successful DWI/Drug Courts, advancing the concept of sobriety to save lives in Georgia.


Terry L. Mosser

Kentucky State DRE Coordinator

Department of Criminal Justice Training

Richmond, Kentucky

In recognition of your dedication to highway safety and to reducing impaired driving, and successful DRE implementation.


New York State Association of Chiefs of Police

Schenectady, New York

In recognition of your leadership in providing the law enforcement community with critical skills to improve traffic safety in New York, in neighboring States, and across the Nation.


Jan Null

Certified Consulting Meteorologist, San Francisco State University

Saratoga, California

In recognition of your exceptional commitment, vision, and tireless work to raise public awareness on the issue of heatstroke.


Bonnie Raffaele

Founder, KDR Challenge

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

In recognition of your tireless efforts through Kids Driving Responsibly to achieve Kelsey’s Law.


Allen Robinson, Ph.D.

CEO, American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association

Indiana, Pennsylvania

In recognition of your lifelong dedication to traffic safety and young drivers as an educator, teacher, and national leader for motorcycle safety and driver education.


Chief Robert Ticer

Avon Police Department

Avon, Colorado

In recognition of your vision, expertise, and leadership in advocating for effective, sensitive, and respectful engagement of the law enforcement community to ensure the safety of older drivers.


Traffic Jam/Traffic Safety Coalition

San Antonio, Texas

In recognition of the coalition’s outreach efforts to reduce traffic-related fatalities and injuries in the San Antonio metropolitan area.


David Wallace

Former Director, National Center for DWI Courts

Alexandria, Virginia

In recognition of your tireless efforts in establishing DWI courts as an option for removing impaired drivers from our roadways.

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