The Governor's Highway Safety Office, along with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, recognized nearly two hundred officers and law enforcement agencies for their traffic safety enforcement efforts last week. Regional meetings took place in Jackson, Murfreesboro, Pikeville, Knoxville, and Greeneville.
The La Vergne Police Department was recognized with a DUI Enforcement Award on December 12, 2014 in Murfreesboro. As a recipient of a grant from the Governor's Highway Safety Office, LPD expanded its DUI enforcement. The department made 157 arrests from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014, with grant funding accounting for 15 percent of these arrests. The LPD has made 136 DUI arrests so far this calendar year.
"Each year, MADD recognizes law enforcement officers across the state who excel in impaired driving enforcement," said Kate Ritchie, State Program Director of MADD Tennessee. "We know that they put their lives on the line each day, and we thank them for their service. They are the reason that many of us are able to return home to our families at night. No matter how much education and awareness MADD does, it takes officers out there enforcing the laws for us to really make a difference." Combined, the officers recognized by MADD had over 5,500 DUI arrests.
"Congratulations to Chief Mike Walker and the police department for this award," Mayor Dennis Waldron stated. "We want people to enjoy the holidays, but do it in a safe way. If you drink and drive our police will be on the lookout for you."
"Our partnerships with law enforcement agencies are extremely valuable," Kendell Poole, Director of the Governor's Highway Safety Office said. "It is our honor to recognize the men and women who go above and beyond to reduce traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities. We know that their efforts are making an impact across the state of Tennessee."
Officers were recognized for their efforts in speed enforcement, seat belt enforcement, impaired driving enforcement, and child passenger safety. Officer of the Year awards were presented to law enforcement who showed outstanding work in all areas of traffic safety. In certain regions, overall departments were recognized for their entire unit's efforts in a particular category.