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  Officer Receives National Award

Dec 14, 2011 15:15 ET

D/Cst. Dave Ashfield was presented with the National MADD Officer of the Year award on Dec. 14 at Regional Council for his hard work and dedication to eradicate impaired driving. He has spent the past few years as the leader of the Festive RIDE initiative.

Presented by MADD Canada’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie, Chief Mike Ewles and Regional Chair and Police Services Board Chair Roger Anderson, Dave was recognized for creating and implementing a new strategy which focuses on drivers leaving licenced establishments.

This new strategy, endorsed by the AGCO and the MTO, has been adopted by six other services across Ontario and is being used to eliminate impaired drivers from our roadways.

“The Durham Regional Police and the Region of Durham should be extremely proud to have an officer like Dave Ashfield on their service,” said Mr. Murie. “We receive many entries for this prestigious award and it is an honour to present it to him here today.”

To date, 101 people have been arrested and charged with impaired driving offences since our 2011 Festive RIDE initiative started on Nov. 29. That’s up from 82 in 2009 and 86 in 2010 during the same time period.

DRP would like to remind all motorists to plan ahead this holiday season and keep our roadways safe.

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CEO of MADD Canada Andrew Murie, PSB Chair Roger Anderson, D/Cst. Dave Ashfield and Cheif Mike Ewles in council chambers (JPG file, 326.1K bytes)