Lewiston police officer honored for highway safety commitment

Sgt. Ted Piche’ of the Lewiston Police Department was honored Tuesday (May 8) for his highway safety efforts in Idaho.

He received a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “Safety Champion Award” from John M. Moffat, NHTSA regional administrator for the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. The presentation took place during the 2012 Idaho Highway Safety Summit, hosted by the Idaho Transportation Department this week (May 7-8) in Boise.

Piche’ was selected for the NHTSA award because of his work developing Idaho’s Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) program into a national model and for his long-time advocacy of highway safety. His contributions toward development of the “One Team” highway safety concept in Idaho also were highlighted.

LELs promote traffic safety as a priority, share effective law enforcement strategies, promote multi-agency task forces, encourage traffic safety efforts and offer law enforcement perspectives to the transportation department’s highway safety activities.

The veteran of the Lewiston Police Department became chairman of the ITD Office of Highway Safety’s LEL program in 2008.

“Ted’s contributions to Idaho, the Pacific Northwest and the entire country are invaluable,” said ITD Highway Safety Manager Brent Jennings. “His dedication and hard work truly represent a great model for highway safety.”

Published 5-11-2012