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OSP Springfield Area Command Office Receives "DUII Agency-of-the-Year" Award
Sergeant Michael Iwai
Oregon State Police
Oregon DECP Coordinator
(503) 934-0267
Lieutenant Rob Edwards
Oregon State Police - Springfield
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(Left to right: Deputy Superintendent Richard Evans, Lieutenant Rob Edwards, and Troy Costales, ODOT Transportation Safety Section Manager)
During the 2011 annual DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Training Conference held April 22 and 23 in Portland, the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force presented their annual awards of excellence to various organizations, groups, and individuals who made a significant contribution to deterring impaired driving in Oregon during 2010.

A municipal, county and state police agency were selected from nominations for law enforcement agencies that have shown notable improvements in impaired driving enforcement taking a proactive, leadership role in their communities. The Oregon State Police Office or Work Site selected must have also provided a willingness to aggressively train and encourage their officers to enforce DUII and drug-impaired driving laws and taken a proactive approach to deter DUII.

During this year's conference, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Springfield Area Command office was selected to receive the "DUII Agency of the Year Award for the Oregon State Police". OSP troopers from the Springfield office arrested 557 impaired drivers last year, a 20 percent increase over the number (447) arrested in 2009. This OSP office's total work effort has been a factor in helping reduce Lane County area fatal traffic crashes. In 2009 there were 13 fatal crashes in this county. The number dropped to 5 fatalities last year.
"The Springfield Area Command office is very deserving of this recognition for our Department," said OSP Superintendent Chris Brown. "Their DUII enforcement efforts consistently reflect the highest number of arrests during several major holiday periods as well as each week for our offices in the northwest region of our State. We know that impaired drivers are a danger to others on the road and the enforcement efforts by our troopers, county deputies and city officers do make a difference in keeping highways safer."
Under the direction of Lieutenant Rob Edwards, troopers at the Springfield Area Command office have received numerous compliments from the Lane County District Attorney's Office and also participate with local community groups and schools. They have a member who is on the board of the Lane County Victim Impact Panel, and other troopers attend meetings with the local Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) chapter.
Last year, the OSP Coos Bay Area Command office received this special recognition.