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Trooper, Malheur County Traffic Safety Coordinator Receive ODOT's "Educational Outreach" Award
10/29/2009
Lieutenant Richard Pileggi
Oregon State Police - Ontario
(541) 889-6469

An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper from the Ontario Area Command office and the Malheur County Traffic Safety Commission Coordinator received Oregon Department of Transportation Safety Division's "Educational Outreach" awards Wednesday during the Annual Safety Conference held in Hood River. Police officer and traffic safety advocates were honored recognizing their commitment to traffic safety in Oregon.
 

OSP Superintendent Timothy McLain extended his congratulations to Senior Trooper Scott Skinner and safety coordinator Dave Stiefvater for their work reflecting the commitment of OSP and local traffic safety advocates to promote traffic safety in local communities. "Their work reflects our commitment to recognize local problems and work to find solutions beyond enforcement that reach out into our communities. Efforts such as theirs aim to prevent duplication of tragic crashes on area highways. There are very few things that bring more satisfaction than to learn that our troopers are working hand-in-hand with others to save lives. We certainly can't do this alone." said McLain.
 
OSP Senior Trooper Scott Skinner and Dave Stiefvater of the Malheur County Traffic Safety Commission were recognized for their coordinator efforts to discourage drunken driving in their area. On March 15, 2009, and 18-year old male was killed in a motor vehicle crash after making a poor decision to drink and drive. The vehicle he was driving missed a curve, hit two power poles and caught fire, killing him.
Senior Trooper Scott Skinner 
Seeing the need to turn this tragedy into a valuable learning tool, Skinner and Stiefvater worked with the victim's family and local businesses to try and turn a negative into a positive. The result was a memorable public display using the victim's car, power poles and information to leave a visual impression about the dangers of drinking and driving.
 
Nominated by their peers, thirteen individuals and organizations were selected to receive awards for their work in Community Traffic Safety. These awards recognize outstanding individual, public, and private community traffic safety efforts. Ten police officers also received awards for "Looking Beyond the Traffic Ticket".
 
Questions regarding the awards can be directed to Steve D. Vitolo, Program Manager - Traffic Law Enforcement and Judicial Programs, ODOT Transportation Safety Division, at (503) 986-4446.