Virginia Highway Safety Office News ReleasesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 9, 2009
Media Contact: Melanie Stokes
Department of Motor Vehicles
Nominations Sought for Governor's Transportation Safety Awards
Applications Due February 27, 2009
RICHMOND - Nominations for the 2009 Governor's Transportation Safety Awards may be submitted now through February 27, 2009. Awards in 17 categories honor individuals and organizations for outstanding transportation safety contributions.
The Virginia Board of Transportation Safety will review submissions and approve final selections. Entries will be judged on creativity, imagination, uniqueness, the impact on the community, and the use of volunteers and private sector resources. Individuals, organizations, businesses or government agencies are eligible for these awards based on transportation safety activities and programs that took place during 2008.
"Preliminary data indicates there were 218 fewer traffic fatalities in Virginia last year compared to 2007," said DMV Commissioner D.B. Smit. "That tells us we have a lot of great safety programs in our Commonwealth that contributed to the decrease in road deaths. And there is still more work to do."
The award categories include:
- Lifetime Safety Achievement Award - Presented to an individual who has made significant contributions on behalf of transportation safety initiatives and programs.
- W. Calvin Falwell/Major Kenneth Rowe Award for Aviation Safety - Granted for promoting air transportation safety.
- Employer Safety - Awarded to employers who encourage their employees to practice safe driving behaviors.
- General Traffic Safety - Presented for demonstrating exemplary efforts in changing transportation safety attitudes and behaviors. Nominations that show achievement in the design, development and/or implementation of engineering techniques that reduce crashes on Virginia's highways will be considered.
- Impaired Driving - Granted for promoting alcohol- and drug-free driving.
- Law Enforcement - Awarded to law enforcement personnel who have shown extra initiative in advancing transportation safety in their community.
- Legal - Presented to attorneys or judges who have actively supported transportation safety issues that help create new laws and strengthen existing laws.
- Media - Awarded to media representatives or news outlets that help encourage traffic safety through fair and accurate reporting or programming.
- Edgar P. Layman, Jr. Award for Motor Carrier Safety - Presented for advancing transportation safety in the motor carrier industry through educational programs and activities.
- Motorcycle Safety - Awarded to an individual or group that educates motorists and motorcyclists about motorcycle safety.
- Occupant Protection - Granted for promoting safety belt or child safety seat use through innovative programs and activities.
- E. Wallace Timmons Award for Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety - Presented for advancing safe walking and bicycling behaviors.
- Public Transportation Safety - Presented for contributions made in educating drivers and riders about safe public transportation practices.
- Pupil Transportation Safety - Granted for encouraging, educating and promoting student transportation safety.
- Rail Safety - Awarded for fostering safety on freight or passenger rail systems.
- Water Safety - Granted for contributions made in improving safety for swimmers, boaters and fishermen.
- Youth Traffic Safety - Presented to individuals or groups that educate children and teens about the importance of traffic safety.
To download a nomination form and obtain eligibility requirements, visit www.dmvNOW.com. Entries must be postmarked by February 27, 2009. Winners will be notified by May 31, 2009. Nominations may be submitted by mail to:
The Governor's Transportation Safety Awards
c/o Audrey Odum, Room 617
Post Office Box 27412
Richmond, Virginia 23269-0001