Register staff report
MADISON COUNTY —
A Richmond man who is an instructor for the Department of Criminal Justice Training at Eastern Kentucky University was honored Monday with a national traffic safety award.
Terry L. Mosser, the Kentucky State Drug Recognition Expert coordinator, was honored with a 2013 Lifesavers award along with 13 other people.
Mosser was honored “in recognition of (his) dedication to highway safety and to reducing impaired driving, and successful DRE implementation,” according a news release from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
He received the award, which is sponsored by the NHTSA, at the third annual Lifesavers Conference in Denver.
“Safety is the Department of Transportation’s top priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a the release. “But we can’t get there alone. The individuals we recognize (Monday) are making a difference by helping reduce highway fatalities and injuries in states and localities across the country.”
Mosser has been in law enforcement since 1973, first as an officer and later as a detective before becoming an instructor at the DOCJT in 1985. He is an EKU graduate.
The Drug Recognition Expert course helps law enforcement officers become “highly effective officers skilled in the detection and identification of persons impaired by alcohol and/or drugs,” according to the International Drug Evaluation and Classification Program’s website
The officers are trained to conduct a systematic and standardized 12-step evaluation consisting of physical, mental and medical components, DECP states.
The first Kentucky DRE course graduated 12 officers in 2006.
The Lifesavers conference brings together individuals and public safety groups who all share the common goal of making America’s roads and communities safer, according to the release. Participants are introduced to fresh ideas that help promote life-saving strategies and techniques.
The innovative concepts shared during Lifesavers help participants create relevant solutions for highway safety problems in their individual jurisdictions, the release stated.