Pinal County Deputy selected as 2012 MADD DUI Enforcement Officer of the Year
Web Producer: Janice Yu
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Pinal County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Calhoun was selected as the 2012 Mothers Against Drunk Drivers DUI enforcement officer of the year on Oct.11.
The annual awards dinner, hosted by Southern Arizona MADD. took place at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suites, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. This event recognizes commitments made by individuals to increase impaired driving enforcement.
"Deputy Calhoun has displayed a tremendous commitment to the safety of the citizens of Pinal County. There is no doubt that his enforcement efforts have saved countless lives," Lieutenant Jason VIllegas said.
Deputy Calhoun is a member of the PCSO Traffic Unit and is nationally certified as a "Drug Recognition Expert." Less than 1 percent of all law enforcement officers in the U.S. have this certification.
MADD's mission is "stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.
In 2009, over half of the fatal collisions in Pinal County involved drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol. Alcohol and drug related crashes kill approximately 500 people in Arizona each year, and 17,000 people across the country.
The PCSO Traffic Unit was created by Sheriff Babeu to patrol roadway work speeds and DUI enforcement. They are the coordinating agency for the Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force and teach classes on alcohol and drug impairment awareness.