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BSO IS GETTING MADD…AWARDS

PIO Number: 14-07-28
Date: July 30, 2014

On August 1, the Broward Sheriff’s Office will become the first law enforcement agency to host the 14th annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Florida State Law Enforcement Recognition and Training presented by Russo Battista Law Group.

MADD will recognize people from across the spectrum of law enforcement, including civilians, volunteers, crime prevention coalitions and law enforcement officers. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale. More than 275 people have been nominated for their hard work and dedication to help prevent underage drinking, eliminate drunk driving and support victims of these violent and unnecessary crimes. Individuals, as well as agencies and community coalitions, will receive recognitions in 14 different categories.

6:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, August 1, 2014
Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six
2301 S.E. 17 St., Fort Lauderdale

More than 30 BSO employees, including Deputy Kevin Bolling and Captain Wayne Adkins, have been nominated for awards. Both are nominated for the MADD Florida Hero Recognition Award. BSO’s Breath Alcohol Testing Unit is also being recognized.

“Because of MADD, we are all aware of how dangerous drunk driving is and how tragic its consequences can be. Their work is important and affects us all. MADD has shown its dedication to working with law enforcement, and BSO is honored to be the host agency of this event,” Sheriff Scott Israel said.

MADD’s National CEO, Debbie Weir, is the keynote speaker. She will be joined by Bree Ann Camacho, the sister of a South Florida teen killed by a drunk driver in April of 2012.

The training portion of the event will include sessions such as “Examination of a DUI Marijuana Case from the Road, to the Lab, to the Courtroom,” “Marijuana and Driving: Trials and Tribulations” and “Death Notification: Delivering the News with Compassion.”

“MADD’s Florida state office moved to Weston in 2013, and we are excited about building a partnership with BSO. This important event is a great kick-off to the work we can accomplish together to prevent underage drinking and enforce impaired driving laws. It is MADD’s honor to express a heartfelt thank you to all across the state who work side by side with us to prevent family and community heartbreak,” MADD Florida State Executive Director David Pinsker said.

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit, working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 8.6 minutes through local MADD victim advocates.

For more information about MADD, visit www.madd.org/online. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, contact Court Monitoring Project Specialist Shira Tober at shira.tober@madd.org or 954.448.7880, ext.7248.

This report by:
Jonathon Fishman, Community Affairs Specialist

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