Rutherford County Sheriff’s Workplace achieved the Excellent Division Award from MADD Tennessee for growing consciousness to stop drunk driving and arresting impaired drunk drivers.
The award was offered throughout MADD’s annual Tennessee Evening of Remembrance honoring legislation enforcement officers statewide who implement DUI legal guidelines and probably saved 6,663 lives final yr by DUI arrests.
Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh counseled the deputies.
“The efforts of the deputies to take intoxicated and impaired drivers off the roads makes the county safer for everybody,” Fitzhugh stated. “We remind drivers who plan to drink alcohol to get a delegated driver, use a experience share or plan on one other strategy to get house.”
Sheriff’s Patrol Cpl. William Travis earned the 2020 Statewide Prime DUI Enforcer Award for 144 impaired driving arrests and the MADD Gold Enforcement Award for eradicating 144 impaired drivers from Tennessee roadways in 2019.
Travis joined Patrol Cpl. April Haggard, Cpl. James Bailey and Deputies Austin Watson, Deputy Cody Didier, Zachary Campbell and Mina Awad in receiving the Bronze Award for eradicating 25 or extra impaired drivers from the roadways in 2019 or 2020.
MADD’s Excellent Division Award was primarily based on the Sheriff’s Workplace’s effort by:
- Conducting annual sobriety checkpoints in reminiscence of Boy Scout Clifton Braunwalder. The 13-year-old boy was altering a tire on his household car when struck by an impaired driver in 2014 on Interstate 24.
- Initiating DUI consciousness checkpoints. Sgt. Michael Rodgers created the checkpoint throughout COVID the place patrol vehicles have been parked at checkpoints. Drivers seen the phantasm of a checkpoint and the deterrent results whereas deputies monitored drivers however didn’t work together due to COVID.
- Including specialised coaching for deputies to develop into drug recognition consultants, drug recognition instructors and customary subject sobriety coaching instructors.
- Acquiring grants to obtain funding for DUI enforcement.