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DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Transportation announced Wednesday they are recognizing Colorado law enforcement agencies and individual officers for their outstanding dedication to traffic safety in 2011.

Glenn Davis, manager of impaired driving programs at CDOT, said in a statement that law enforcement officers, troopers and deputies who enforce traffic safety laws are often over looked.

“It is CDOT’s privilege to be able to honor them for their hard work, which is truly making an impact on reducing serious injuries crashes and needless deaths on our highways,” Davis said.

CDOT said the “Heat Is On” campaign against drinking and driving and the “Click It Or Ticket” campaign for seat belt use are having an impact on the number of traffic fatalities in the state.

Fatalities declined to a record low in 2011, with 446 deaths.

Awards were handed out Wednesday at a ceremony in Denver. Awards were given to law enforcement agencies in Southern Colorado on April 11 in Alamosa, and in Grand Junction on April 18.

The following agencies and individuals are being recognized as Traffic Safety Heroes:

Impaired Driving Enforcement

Top Agencies (Metro Category)

  1. Denver Police Department – 1,451 DUI arrests
  2. Colorado Springs Police Department – 753 DUI arrests
  3. Larimer County Sheriff’s Office – 396 DUI arrests
  4. Lakewood Police Department – 359 DUI arrests
  5. CSP Troop 2B Colorado Springs – 343 DUI arrests

Top Agencies (Rural Category)

  1. Avon Police Department – 141 DUI arrests
  2. Durango Police Department – 108 DUI arrests
  3. CSP Troop 5B Alamosa – 98 DUI arrests
  4. Glenwood Springs Police Department – 82 DUI arrests
  5. Alamosa Police Department – 76 DUI arrests

Seat Belt Enforcement

Top Agencies (Metro Category)

  1. Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office – 1,021 citations
  2. CSP Troop 4A Fruita – 726 citations
  3. Aurora Police Department – 677 citations
  4. Lakewood Police Department – 460 citations
  5. CSP Troop 1D Commerce City – 402 citations

Top Agencies (Rural Category)

  1. CSP Troop 4C Glenwood Springs – 433 citations
  2. CSP Troop 5B Alamosa – 352 citations
  3. CSP Troop 4B Craig – 162 citations
  4. CSP Trop 2C Lamar – 157 citations
  5. Monte Vista Police Department – 149 citations

Top Individual Law Enforcement Awards

During 2011, the following law enforcement officers wrote a combined 3,746 seat belt citations and made 1,660 DUI arrests.

Deputy Beau Baggett Arapahoe County SO
Lt. Gregg Daly Avon PD
Officer David Trujillo Denver PD
Agent Jason Bush Lakewood PD
Deputy Tyson Russell Larimer County SO
Deputy Ted Wilson Larimer County SO
Deputy Jason Hart Larimer County SO
Officer Casey Cashman Parker PD
Trooper Blake Hancey CSP Troop 1C Castle Rock
Trooper David Gurule CSP Troop 1C Castle Rock
Trooper Michael Tafoya CSP Troop 2A Canon City
Trooper Emily Warren CSP Troop 2B Colo. Spgs.
Trooper Michael Carr CSP Troop 2B Colo. Spgs.
Trooper Duane Lewis CSP Troop 3A Greeley
Corporal Eric Wynn CSP Troop 3A Greeley
Trooper Ian Jones CSP Troop 3C Fort Collins
Trooper Howard Thompson CSP Troop 3C Fort Collins
Trooper Chad Kissler CSP Troop 3C Fort Collins
Trooper Kevin Richard CSP Troop 4A Fruita
Trooper Lucas Johnson CSP Troop 4A Fruita
Trooper Andrew Gardner CSP Troop 4A Fruita
Trooper Joshua Curtis CSP Troop 4A Fruita
Trooper Dan Chermok CSP Troop 4A Fruita
Trooper Kemitt White CSP Troop 4A Fruita
Trooper Rusty Sanchez CSP Troop 5A Durango
Kristina Galvez CSP Troop 5B Alamosa
Trooper Colin Fowler CSP Troop 5B Alamosa
Trooper Jesse Bartunek CSP Troop 5B Alamosa
Trooper Travis DePriest CSP Troop 5B Alamosa
Trooper Jon Strickland CSP Troop 5B Alamosa
Trooper J. Vince Benavides CSP Troop 5B Alamosa
Trooper Darrin Rodriguez CSP Troop 5B Alamosa
Trooper Garrett Reich CSP Troop 5C Montrose
Trooper Brett Hilling CSP Troop 5C Montrose
Trooper Nick Carnival CSP Troop 6A Golden
Trooper Brendon Simmons CSP Troop 6B Frisco
Officer Evan Driscoll Steamboat Springs PD
Sr. Officer Terry Haase Westminster PD
Sr. Officer Rodney Sanchez Westminster PD
Officer Talon Darling Wheat Ridge PD

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