Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: December 16, 2015
Contact: Trooper Darren Wright
Phone: (509) 679-6228
Twitter: @wspd6pio

Traffic Safety Awards Recognize Efforts of Local Troopers

On Friday, December 11, 2015 several troopers were recognized for their efforts to remove impaired drivers from our roadways throughout 2015. Following the awards ceremony, holiday patrols arrested 14 impaired drivers between Friday and Monday. Extra patrols will be working throughout the holiday season to make the roads of Washington safer for all motorists.

During the holiday season, if your celebrations include alcohol, we ask that you make arrangements in advance for a safe and sober ride home.

Awards received in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties included Trooper Erik Magussen who was honored as the Top DUI Officer for Washington State Patrol (WSP) for his 66 impaired driver arrests. Trooper Magnussen is a third generation trooper, and is carrying on the great work started by his father and grandfather who are both retired.

Receiving the WSP department overall, and region overall Shining Star award for Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties was Trooper Jeremy Delano from Okanogan. Trooper Delano's efforts in DUI arrests, seatbelt and traffic enforcement and drug arrests helped his detachment reduce the number of fatal collisions in Okanogan County by half. This is the third year in a row the WSP has received the award.

Receiving awards on Saturday in Kittitas County were Trooper Chuck Ferrell receiving the Top DUI Award. Trooper Ferrell is a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and in addition to arresting impaired drivers, instructs other law enforcement officers in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE).

Trooper Michael Hauser was awarded the Top Overall traffic safety award for Kittitas County. His efforts towards impaired driving, seatbelt and traffic enforcement show his dedication to reducing injuries and fatalities.

In Grant County five troopers were recognized for their efforts. Receiving awards for DUIs and for their work in educating young drivers were Trooper Chris Kottong and Trooper Ryan Raymond. Trooper Aaron Norton and Trooper Jeremy Weber received awards for DUI and Child Restraint violations. Trooper Phil Jesse was recognized for his DUI arrests.

Assistant Commander for District Six, Lieutenant Donovan Daly said "I was humbled to be surrounded by such dedicated police officers from across the region." The efforts by troopers work towards the Target Zero goal of achieving zero traffic deaths and zero disabling injuries on Washington roads by 2030.