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Posted on: May 11, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Glenwood Springs Police Officer Felipe Gomez awarded as 2023 MADD & CDOT Law Enforcement Champion

Officer Gomez posed in front of MADD backdrop with his award plaque

Recognition for outstanding individual dedication to occupant protection for law enforcement on the western slope

The City of Glenwood Springs is proud to announce that Officer Felipe Gomez of the Glenwood Springs Police Department has been selected as the winner of a 2023 Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Law Enforcement Champion Award for his Outstanding Individual Dedication to Occupant Protection for law enforcement on the western slope. These awards focus on efforts to reduce impaired driving, increase the use of seat belts and reduce speeding.

“This is a well-deserved recognition for Officer Gomez who has been very proactive in his efforts to remove impaired drivers from our roadways” said Police Chief Joseph Deras. “Glenwood Police are very proud to have Officer Gomez and the many dedicated public servants on our team who are committed to the safety of this community.”

A law enforcement champion is an individual that shows outstanding support for impaired driving, traffic safety or occupant protection enforcement. This can be demonstrated by the number of citations written or arrests made during the established enforcement periods throughout the year. It can also be demonstrated by drug recognition expert activity, high visibility enforcement tactics and other related activities.

“It’s a simple message – drive sober, follow the speed limit, and wear your seatbelt. These three actions keep you and others safe, so please practice safe driving and encourage others to do the same,” said Officer Felipe Gomez.

Approximately one-third of traffic fatalities involve an impaired driver in Colorado. In addition, most traffic fatalities involve an unbuckled driver or passenger. Seat belts save an estimated 225 lives in Colorado each year.

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