ONONDAGA COUNTY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADVISORY BOARD
ANNUAL RECOGNITION CEREMONY
The Annual Onondaga County Traffic Safety Advisory Board Recognition Ceremony is an opportunity for persons in Onondaga County to be acknowledged for their personal contribution and dedication to the education and enforcement of traffic safety within Onondaga County. Awards are given during the Recognition Ceremony that highlight the contributions of both individuals and groups that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and service to the community. A description of each of these awards is listed below.
Gerald Deitz Traffic Safety Individual Service Award
The Gerald Deitz Award Individual Traffic Safety Service Award is presented each year by the Onondaga County Traffic Safety Advisory Board. This Award honors individuals who have distinguished themselves by their commitment to traffic safety programs in Onondaga County.
2021 Recipient- Sergeant Amy Bollinger, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office
Norma H. Coburn Traffic Safety Community Service Award
The Norma H. Coburn Traffic Safety Community Service Award identifies and recognizes those organizations or individuals who through their determination and leadership have demonstrated a commitment to the goals of enhanced traffic safety in Onondaga County. Each recipient has consistently contributed organizational and/or personal resources in pursuit of these goals. Each has impacted positively on the creation of and interaction in an extensive community network. Each recipient has become a personal/organizational key to this network and its power for promoting positive change in Onondaga County. They have given freely of themselves and have been an inspiration for many to follow.
2021 Recipient-Officer Ashley Hope Smith, Cicero Police Department
John H. Mulroy Traffic Safety Government Service Award
The John H. Mulroy Traffic Safety Government Service Award honors individuals or agencies of government who exemplify Mr. Mulroy’s commitment to traffic safety in this county.
2021 Recipient- Mr. Steve Erwin
Nicholas J. Pirro Chairperson’s Award
This award is to recognize individuals and/or organizations/groups that foster relationships between traffic safety partners who demonstrate a commitment to education and enforcement of traffic safety in Onondaga County.
2021 Recipient- Mr. Lawrence Nasser, Volunteers in Service from the Town of Cicero Police Department
Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Award
This award is designed to recognize law enforcement officers whose traffic stop(s) led to the arrest of a suspect or the solution of a crime. The purpose of the award is to validate the importance of traffic enforcement as an effective crime-fighting tool. The award seeks to promote and publicize the dedication and initiative of officers whose daily efforts ensure the effectiveness of our county’s law enforcement system. An estimated 70 percent of all serious crime involves a motor vehicle. Many criminals are caught by diligent police officers paying attention to the trivial things like traffic offenses. What starts out as a “routine” traffic stop escalates to the apprehension of a criminal by police officers “looking beyond the traffic ticket.” It is this law enforcement expertise and willingness to take the extra step that ensures public and highway safety.
2021 Recipient- Officer James Dean, DeWitt Police Department, & New York State Troopers Dominic Williams & Torian Nigrelli.
Occupant Protection Enforcement Award
Applicants will be judged on their notable efforts to promote and enforce occupant protection laws, including both the number of tickets that they have written related to occupant protect and proactive efforts that have taken to increase awareness about occupant protection.
2021 Recipient- Trooper Michael Orlowski, New York State Police.
Impaired Driving Enforcement Award
Applicants will be judged on their notable efforts to detect and apprehend impaired drivers, including both the number of tickets that they have written related to impaired driving and proactive efforts that have taken to increase awareness about impaired driving.
2021 Recipient-Officer Jordan Pannell, Village of North Syracuse Police Department & New York State Police, Trooper Stephen Kuhns.
Speed Awareness Enforcement Award
Applicants will be judged on their notable efforts to address the problem of speeding, including both the number of tickets that they have written related to speeding and proactive efforts that they have taken to increase awareness about the dangers of speeding.
2021 Recipient- Officer Christopher Cushman, Village of North Syracuse Police Department and New York State Police, Trooper Michael Filippi.
Move Over Enforcement Award
Applicants will be judged on their notable efforts to address the problem of a driver’s failure to move over for emergency vehicles, including both the number of tickets that they have written related to Move Over violations and proactive efforts that have taken to increase awareness about the law.
2021 Recipient-Sergeant John Beattie, New York State Police.
Applicants will be judged on their notable efforts to address overall traffic safety issues within their jurisdictions. The winning individual is one that combines public information, education, and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within its jurisdiction.
2021 Recipient- Officer Lonnie Dotson, Syracuse Police Department, Deputy Robert Martin, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office & Trooper Yudisniel Mesa, New York State Police.