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LCSO Deputies Receive Traffic Safety Champions Award

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Department: Sheriff
Release Date: May 28, 2014

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Jennifer Hillmann
Public Information Officer
Larimer County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sam Roth and Depty Tyson Russell

Deputy Tyson Russell and Deputy Sam Roth of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office patrol unit were both presented the Traffic Safety Champion award at the Colorado Department Office of Transportation Safety (CDOT), Highway Safety Office at the Traffic Safety Champions Recognition Event. A Traffic Safety Champion is "an individual that shows outstanding support for impaired driving enforcement." 

In February 2014, the State of Colorado Office of Transportation Safety began soliciting nominations for 2013 Traffic Safety Champions. Criteria to be nominated for a Traffic Safety Champion award could be demonstrated by the number of arrests made during the established enforcement periods, and throughout the year outside the enforcement periods. Also included for consideration, or in combination with the arrests is Drug Recognition Expert/Evaluation (DRE) activity, presenting quality education and safety programs, and providing training to law enforcement in Standard Field Sobriety Testing, DRE High visibility tactics, or other related activities.
The award ceremony took place Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Wellshire Inn, 3333 South Colorado Boulevard, in Denver.
Patrol Division Captain John Manago attended the award ceremony with Deputy Russell and Deputy Roth last Friday and expressed his appreciation. "We are proud of the work our deputies do in regards to traffic safety and Driving under the Influence (DUI) enforcement and appreciate the hard work that Deputy Russell and Deputy Roth put into maintaining a top notch traffic safety program," said Captain Manago. According to CDOT, each year in Colorado, more than 26,000 people are arrested for DUI and over 150 people are killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes, representing more than one-third of Colorado's total motor vehicle fatalities. CDOT also reported 87 fatalities in 2012 involving drivers who tested positive for drugs.
The Larimer County Sheriff's Office would like to thank Deputy Russell and Deputy Roth for their continued support and dedication to Impaired Driving Enforcement.
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