Floridians Receive National Highway Safety Awards
CONTACT: Robert Sanchez
Public Information Administrator
August 12, 2003
Three persons from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles were honored with top awards Tuesday at the annual international conference of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators in Philadelphia, PA.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Billy Dickson, who retired in June after 40 years of service, was the recipient of AAMVA’s Distinguished Service Award. In presenting the award, AAMVA noted that he made a major contribution to improving homeland security and fighting identity theft. Working with DHSMV’s Division of Driver Licenses and its counterparts from other jurisdictions, he helped to lay the groundwork for better nationwide scrutiny of documents used by persons seeking driver licenses or ID cards.
Meanwhile, DHSMV’s Peter Stoumbelis and Diane Wood became the first recipients of a new annual award. Sponsored jointly by the AAMVA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the NHTSA/AAMVA Information Technology Award “honors a jurisdiction’s achievement in implementing a system that improves highway safety through information technology.” Wood and Stoumbelis were cited for their leadership of a DHSMV team that developed Florida’s Driver and Vehicle Information Database (DAVID).
As AAMVA explained in announcing the award, “DAVID is a web-based search tool for law enforcement and criminal justice offices that links and cross-references five databases housed at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.” One Florida Department of Law Enforcement official has described DAVID as “the best new tool put in law enforcement’s hands in 25 years.”
The awards were presented in Philadelphia on Tuesday during the concluding luncheon at AAMVA’s Annual International Conference. AAMVA is comprised of motor vehicle administrators from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the various U.S. territories, and all of Canada’s provinces and territories.
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