Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored Georgia law enforcement at the 13th Annual Golden Shield Honors

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For the 9th year in a row, Behave LLC has worked with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to honor the law enforcement community.

Nearly 600 law enforcement officers and community leaders from all over the state of Georgia turned out for the 13th Annual Golden Shield Honors yesterday at the Cobb Galleria Center. Mothers Against Drunk Driving – Georgia (MADD Georgia) and the Governor’s Office on Highway Safety awarded law enforcement officers, agencies, and prosecutors for efforts in DUI education, detection, arrests, prosecution, and prevention of underage drinking. Statewide accolades were given to officers and agencies with the highest DUI arrests (DUI Heroes), Statewide Officer of the Year, Statewide Agency of the Year, Prosecutor of the Year, Golden Achievement Award, and more.

“The Golden Shield Honors is one of the most rewarding events we host,” expressed Debbie Day, State Executive Director of MADD Georgia. “Honoring our public service heroes who risk their lives for Georgians everyday is even more meaningful at a time when alcohol-related fatalities are on the increase in our state.”

Officer Joshua Collie of the Woodstock Police Department had the highest single number of DUI arrest with 272 last year. Cobb County Police Department brought in an impressive 1696 DUI arrests. Officers honored yesterday were responsible for over 23,000 DUI arrests in 2016 collectively.  Georgia currently ranks among the top in the nation for MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.

Governor Nathan Deal delivered the keynote speech to celebrate officers from every corner of the state. During his address, Governor Deal cited speed, alcohol, and distraction among the top killers on Georgia’s roadways. Governor Deal was instrumental in the passage of MADD’s DUI legislation, HB205, which passed the legislature in 2016 and will go into effect on July 1, 2017. This bill provides the option of an ignition interlock for 1st time DUI offenders.

“We were so honored to have Governor Deal with us this year and it meant so much to the officers to hear words of appreciation directly from our state’s leader,” Day stated.

Notable attendees included Arthur and Angela Blank of the Arthur M. Blank Foundation and Atlanta Falcons; Debbie Weir, CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving; Senator Donzella James of District 35; Representative Geoff Duncan; Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety; Colonel Mark McDonough of the Georgia State Patrol; Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren; and even a special appearance from Freddie Falcon. Clayton County Commissioner Felicia Franklin-Warner presented touching vocal tribute to the 12 fallen Georgia officers from the past year.

Sponsors of the 13th Annual Golden Shield Honors Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Georgia Automobile Dealers Association, and AAA. Also in attendance were representatives from MADD national sponsors, Nationwide Insurance and UBER.

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