Annual Highway Safety Award Recipients Announced

23 October 2018

October 22, 2018 / Jay Peak, Vt. – The Vermont Agency of Transportation is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Highway Safety Awards, which were honored at last week’s Vermont Highway Safety Alliance (VHSA) annual conference.

  • The Ruby Rainault Occupant Protection Award was presented to Michael Tarbell of Rutland County Sheriff, in recognition of his commitment to highway safety through education and enforcement of our occupant protection laws.
  • The Impaired Driving Prevention and Enforcement Award was presented to John F. Campbell, Esq., in recognition of his efforts and commitment to strengthening the ability to prosecute and enforce Vermont’s impaired driving laws.
  • The Drug Recognition Expert Award was presented to Sr. Trooper Jay Riggen of the Vermont State Police, in recognition of his efforts and commitment serving as a DRE in Vermont.
  • The Fletcher Brush Educational Outreach Award was presented to Driver’s Education Instructor James Carter, in recognition of his dedication and commitment to highway safety through educational outreach and messaging to the road users in our State.
  • The Sergeant Michael Johnson Award was presented to Lt. Garry Scott of the Vermont State Police, in recognition of his tireless dedication and commitment to making Vermont’s roadways safer for all users.
  • The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance Engineering Award was presented to Joe Kelly, Marcos Miller, Christopher Mercon, and Tyler Guazzoni, all of the Vermont Agency of Transportation, in recognition of their application and promotion of traffic control devices to foster and advance Vermont’s highway safety priorities.
  • The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance Emergency Medical Services Award was presented to Dan Batsie, Chief of Vermont Emergency Medical Services, Vermont Department of Health in recognition of his work to improve statewide emergency medical services that foster and advance Vermont’s highway safety priorities.
  • The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance Media & Marketing Award was presented to Ken Millman, Founder and Creative Director of Sp!ke Advertising in recognition of his creative marketing projects that foster and advance Vermont’s highway safety priorities.

The 2018 conference covered a variety of topics, including the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrator’s “Road to Zero” coalition; a medical study on assessing cognitive impairment to ensure safe driving; Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery’s impaired driving data integration; and a presentation on drugged driving and the legalization of marijuana in Vermont by Williston Police Department Chief Patrick Foley.

To learn more about the highway safety awards and highway safety efforts in Vermont, visit ghsp.vermont.gov or get involved through the VHSA at vermonthighwaysafety.org.

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