Local police recognized for safety efforts
AVON — At a formal recognition ceremony last week in Denver, leaders from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Colorado Department of Transportation honored the Avon Police Department and Gore Range DUI Task Force for their efforts to ensure traffic safety in Avon and Eagle County. Additionally, Avon Police Lieutenant Greg Daly and Officer Matt Jamison received Traffic Safety Champion Awards.
The Gore Range DUI Task Force, which is comprised of officers from the Avon, Vail, and Eagle Police Departments, along with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado State Patrol Troop 4C, were recognized for their outstanding efforts in reducing incidences of impaired driving in Eagle County. As part of “The Heat is On!” campaign during high visibility enforcement periods in 2012, the task force was deployed in local communities to improve traffic safety and deter/arrest impaired drivers. As a result of these efforts, zero alcohol related fatalities occurred in Eagle County during the year. Eagle County saw a record 13 traffic fatalities in 2007 and five impaired related fatalities in 2010-2011.
The Avon Police Department was honored for their efforts in occupant protection enforcement/awareness as a result of their dedication during 2012 Click it or Ticket mobilization periods. Today, the Town of Avon has a seat belt usage rate at 96%, which is significantly above the statewide usage rate that hovers around 81%.
Avon Police Lieutenant Greg Daly and Officer Matt Jamison each were awarded the Traffic Safety Champion Awards for the second year in a row for their outstanding contribution and support of Colorado’s impaired driving laws during the 2012 “Heat is On” enforcement campaigns.
“Our department and the community is extremely proud of each of our officers for their dedication and commitment to keeping our community safe,” said Avon Police Chief Robert Ticer. “Each day and night, these officers patrol our neighborhoods with a focus to ‘Make a Difference’ and keep each of us safe.”