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Traffic Safety Awards

The Vision Zero Traffic Safety Awards recognize law enforcement, transportation representatives, engineers, public health representatives, and other traffic safety agencies from across the state for their commitment to traffic safety. The awards are for those who show outstanding service and dedication to accomplish the overall goal of Vision Zero, to eliminate motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads for the period of October 1, 2022 - September 30, 2023
Commemorative Coin
Law enforcement officers who have demonstrated a commitment to enforcing and promoting traffic safety laws have been awarded a commemorative coin for their efforts.

Bismarck Police Department
Patrol Officer Zach Halpin
Patrol Officer Christopher Zaben
Patrol Officer Dana Ritzke
Patrol Officer Grace Naig
Patrol Officer Dustin Moore
Patrol Officer Joseph Petersen
Patrol Officer Richard Jensen
Patrol Officer Jazmine Hayden
Patrol Officer Tanner Benske
Patrol Officer Brennan Bennington
Patrol Officer Joseph Benke
Patrol Officer Bryce Klein
 
Cass County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Jasmyn Hatlestad
Deputy Craig Keller
Deputy Ron Kind
Deputy Kyle Johnson
 
Devils Lake Police Department
Drug Task Force Officer Rey Hennen
 
Fargo Police Department
Officer Mohammed Ali
 
Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office
Sergeant Thomas Inocencio
Deputy Sheriff Sasia Heitkamp
Deputy Sheriff Noah Prudhomme
Deputy Sheriff James Wright
Deputy Sheriff Jacob Stauss
 
Minot Police Department
Officer Cullen Hall
Officer Andrew Hess
Officer Alexander Harrington
Master Police Officer Krysta Becker
Master Police Officer Andrew Mehlhoff
Sergeant Tyler Ruelle
 
North Dakota Highway Patrol
Trooper Ryan Mugan
Trooper Christopher Olson
Trooper Christopher Pulver
Trooper James Myers III
Trooper Grant Lonski
 
Stark County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Stephen Byrne
Deputy Evan Wilkie
Deputy Gregory Tibor
Deputy Dylan Scheitlin
Sergeant John Hiltunen
 
Wahpeton Police Department
Detective Christopher Huard
 
West Fargo Police Department
Officer Ryan Denis
Beyond the Traffic Stop
This award honors officers who used outstanding investigative skills that led to multiple arrests for narcotics, stolen property, and/or outstanding warrants from a single routine traffic stop.

Bismarck Police Department
Officer Zach Halpin

Burleigh County Sheriff's Department
Deputy Sheriff Colin Weigel

Cass County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Craig Keller

North Dakota Highway Patrol
Trooper Ryan Mugan

West Fargo Police Department
Officer Tyler Todd
Media Awards
This award is for the reporters/news organizations that have been fair, balanced and informative in reporting transportation/traffic-related issues on radio, television, newspaper or internet/social media.
  • ND Today – KFYR-TV
  • Matt Henson – WDAY
  • Josh & Yvonne Jones – Your QFM Radio
  • Prairie Public Radio
Child Passenger Safety Technician Awards
This award recognizes Child Passenger Safety Technicians and/or instructors for their commitment to child passenger safety.
  • Cassie Geithman – Bismarck Burleigh Public Health
  • Danette Schmid – Eddy County Public Health
  • Dawn Mayer – North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services
  • Heidi Schumacher – Puklich Chevrolet
Vision Zero School of the Year Award
This award recognizes a school for its dedication to becoming a Vision Zero School and establishing a culture of personal responsibility where motor vehicle fatalities are viewed as preventable.
  • LaMoure Public School Loboes
Outreach Awards
This award is for the individuals and/or organizations that have gone above and beyond and actively play a role in decreasing motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries through their outreach and education to support Vision Zero.
  • Deputy David Tomlinson – Morton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ryan Gellner – North Dakota Association of Counties
  • Sergeant Wade Kadrmas – North Dakota Highway Patrol
Honor Roll Awards
This award recognizes outstanding service to the community, information technology, safety, public affairs and/or consumer education programs throughout the state of North Dakota in the area of traffic safety.
  • Amy Covington – Safe Kids Grand Forks
  • Captain Bryan Niewind – North Dakota Highway Patrol
  • Sax Motor Company
  • Tina Sanders – Safe Kids Grand Forks
Infrastructure Individual of the Year Award
This award recognizes an individual that improves infrastructure safety to roadways, bridges or bicyclists/pedestrians throughout the state region, a county or an organization.
  • Bryon Fuchs – NDLTAP/TTAP
Infrastructure Project of the Year
This award recognizes a project that improves infrastructure safety to roadways, bridges or bicyclists/pedestrians throughout the state region, a county or an organization.
  • NDDOT – Edline Electric, Inc. US 85 Automation of Weather-Related Messages
Appreciation Awards
This award recognizes individuals and/or organizations who actively play a role in decreasing motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries in North Dakota through their work to support Vision Zero.
  • Gene LaDoucer – AAA The Auto Club Group
  • Kristi Venhuizen – Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor
DRE Officer of the Year
This award is for a single DRE officer who excels in conducting drug evaluations, is active in promoting the DRE program within their agency and provides education awareness to their peers and community about the dangers of drug use and drugged driving.

Cass County Sheriff's Office
Sergeant Keenan Zundel
Traffic Safety Officer of the Year
This award is for a single officer who has displayed a well-rounded effort for traffic safety through enforcement, community education and training.

North Dakota Highway Patrol
Trooper Grant Lonski