The California chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently honored over 100 law enforcement professionals from around the state, and their departments, for outstanding effort in 2010 to get impaired drivers off the road and reduce the number of drunk driving related accidents, deaths and injuries statewide.


The Mammoth Lakes Police Deparatment (MLPD) is proud to announce that Officer Arturo Torres was one of the honorees at the awards dinner held in Sacramento on March 26.  This is the second year in a row that Officer Torres has been selected as MLPD’s top DUI enforcer by MADD.  Officer Torres made 20 DUI arrests in 2010.


Police Chief Dan Watson said, “Many people have been impacted by DUI drivers, and I believe that DUI enforcement is a major responsibility of law enforcement.  Every time a DUI driver is taken off the street, lives are potentially saved.  I appreciate the commitment that Officer Torres has towards keeping the streets of Mammoth Lakes safe, and I congratulate him on this accomplishment.”


According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, DUI related fatalities decreased again in 2010, for the second straight year.  OTS credits the strong enforcement effort statewide for the drop, with the goal of zero deaths.  According to OTS director Christopher J. Murphy, “no one knows when their lives and futures were saved” due to law enforcement’s actions in combating impaired driving.  MADD, formed 31 years ago nationwide, has the mission of stopping drunk driving, supporting the victims of drunk driving related crime, and preventing underage drinking.