MADD_Taglinelogo2Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is known primarily for its advocacy of the cause of sober driving. It also aids and counsels drunk driving victims and their families. And the organization has a third function: to honor those who have made the roads safer across the country. Last month MADD took the opportunity to hail the heroes of North Carolina at its annual Awards of Excellence Banquet.

Held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary NC, the banquet placed the spotlight on law enforcement personnel and mission partners who have worked toward the vision they share: a nation where no one drives drunk or drugged.

MADD awards for excellence North CarolinaNorth Carolina has made progress in the fight against drunk driving, and these and other people – some honored by MADD, some yet to be recognized – have worked hard to keep impaired drivers off the road. There is more to be done. For instance, North Carolina has not yet passed a law mandating ignition interlocks for all DWI offenders, as 25 other states have. Ignition interlocks have been a priority for MADD for a long time.

For that and other vital legislation in North Carolina, MADD is on the job. And when police, legislators and road safety advocates excel in the business of making life safer for motorists and pedestrians, MADD will be there to honor them.

2016 MADD Awards of Excellence

Police Officer of the YearJustin Kupfer, Charlotte – Mecklenburg PD
Sheriff Deputy of the YearLt Kevin Jones, Orange County Sheriffs Office
Trooper of the YearDanny Burgess NCSHP – Rockingham County
Prosecutor of the YearDonald Rice ADA – Gaston County
Prosecutor of the YearJason Waller ADA – Wake County
Underage Drinking PreventionJonathan Cerdan Charlotte – Mecklenburg PD
Agency of  the YearWaynesville PD
DWI Tsk Frc/TeamNCSHP DWI Task Force, Troop B
Hero AwardSgt Ann Fowler Asheville PD
Hero AwardSgt Kevin Wallace Guilford County Sheriffs Office
Enforcer of the Year
Member of DWI Team
1st – 278 ArrestsEric Crawford – Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD DWI Task Force
1st – 214 ArrestsMatthew Pressley – Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD DWI Task Force
2nd – 197 ArrestsBen Sherill – Guilford County DWI Task Force
3rd – 170 ArrestsJonathan Cerdan – Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD DWI Task Force
4th – 168 ArrestsAndrew Drake – Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD DWI Task Force
Enforcer of the Year
Non-Taskforce
1st – 217 ArrestsJoseph Thomas – NCSHP – Vance County
2nd – 155 ArrestsEugene Burrell – NCSHP – Vance County
3rd – 154 ArrestsSteven Reed – NCSHP – Cumberland County
4th – 151 ArrestsJohn Daniel – NCSHP – Vance County
5th – 142 ArrestsJay Goodnight – Guilford County
Heart of Madd
Pam KearnsMADD Chapter Leader Davidson County
Troop C district 4NCSHP – Vance, Granville, Warren
Ingrid NunezMADD Volunteer Durham County
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