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NHTSA Announces Recipients Of Highway Safety Awards

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NHTSA Announces Recipients Of Highway Safety Awards

NHTSA
March 23, 1999

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 13-99
March 23, 1999
Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

SEATTLE--The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced recipients of the agency's highway safety awards at Lifesavers 17, the premier highway safety conference in the United States.

"I am delighted to offer my congratulations to all who have earned awards by helping to improve safety, President Clinton's highest transportation priority," U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater said. "By enhancing safety, saving lives and preventing injuries, their efforts have helped to improve the quality of life in communities across America and make them more livable."

According to Secretary Slater, last year was a remarkable year for highway safety. During it:

"The needle is definitely moving in the right direction because of our many partners who have joined together to save lives," NHTSA Administrator Ricardo Martinez, M.D., said.

The following organizations received Buckle Up America Champion Awards, which are new this year, for having demonstrated outstanding commitment to the national campaign to Buckle Up America:

Air Bag & Seat Belt Safety Campaign

Operation C.A.R.E.

National Sheriffs' Association

International Association of Chiefs of Police

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

State of California

Network of Employers for Traffic Safety

National Safe Kids

The following persons received 1998 NHTSA Awards for Public Service, which recognize and honor individuals and organizations that exemplified high standards of achievement in the field of traffic safety:

Keith Fontaine, Executive Director, The Norwich Bulletin, Norwich, Conn.

For leadership, compassion and understanding in dedicating his newspaper's resources to making the City of Norwich a safer place to live.

Ann Burton, Executive Director, Sunnyview Hospital Injury Prevention Services, Schenectady, N.Y.

In recognition of her leadership and exceptional dedication in promoting community involvement which has helped prevent needless harm to people, especially children.

Larry Kendall, Director, Safe Traffic Operations Program, Huntington, W.Va.

For his creativity, "can do" attitude, and "big bang for the buck" programs that made Huntington a safer community.

Joey Ledford, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Atlanta.

For significant journalistic contributions to traffic safety and efforts to improve the quality of life for highway users in Georgia.

David Greening, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Heritage Wafers, Ripon, Wis.

In recognition of his outstanding support of and commitment to highway safety and helping young, novice drivers in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.

Josan Lewis, Caseworker, The Salvation Army of El Dorado, El Dorado, Ark.

In recognition of her dedication to child passenger safety and leadership in the El Dorado/Union County Safe Community Coalition.

Herman "Bud" Balke, Coordinator of Victim Services, Missouri-MADD, Jefferson City, Mo.

In recognition of his vision and tenacity in identifying and solving technical inadequacies within the court record-keeping system relative to tracking multiple DWI offenders.

Officer Nancy Peterson, Englewood Department of Safety Services, Englewood, Colo.

In recognition of her outstanding ability to organize community groups and to integrate traffic safety into her other crime prevention efforts.

Scott Hansen and Kacey Hansen, RN, "Nurses and Cops Caring for Contra Costa Children," Walnut Creek, Calif.

In recognition of their commitment to child passenger safety and outstanding skills in developing a successful traffic safety partnership between law enforcement and the medical community.

Monty Lish, Executive Director, Evergreen Safety Council, Seattle.

For extraordinary personal and professional dedication to promoting and implementing traffic safety programs for local businesses, especially programs directed at preventing driving under the influence and increasing safety belt use.

Bryant McBride, Vice President of New Business Development, National Hockey League, New York, N.Y.

For outstanding achievement in improving safety and contributing to the national impaired driving and Buckle Up America initiatives.

Elaine Petrocelli, Executive Director, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, Des Plaines, Ill.

For 25 years of dedication to crash prevention and injury control through her service with the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine.

Derek Humphries, Esq., Partner, Humphries & Brookes, Washington, D.C.

For his outstanding efforts and contributions which have garnered support from the African-American community for President Clinton's initiative to increase seat belt use.

Martha and William Rich, President and CEO, "War Against Broken Hearts," Atlanta.

For their tireless dedication to preventing other families from suffering the needless loss of loved ones at the hands of an intoxicated driver.

William Rosendahl and Century Cable, Santa Monica, Calif.

For his outstanding efforts to promote highway safety and educate viewers through his Week in Review program.

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