Officers Accept Award and Re-Affirm Agency’s Commitment to MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Police’s top DUI enforcers were honored during the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Heroes Banquet hosted at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Six ISP Troopers were nominated for the distinguished award to curtail drunk driving through outstanding enforcement efforts.
ISP Troopers Daniel Erickson and Marvin Wagle, District 7, Trooper Marc Baker, District 14, Trooper Jason Czub, District 15, Trooper Jeffrey Nichols, District 17, and Trooper Mark Nelson, District 22, were recognized for their significant contributions to public safety.
The Troopers made notable efforts in the prevention of underage drinking and drunk driving within their home geographic areas. Several of the Troopers were recognized as being accountable for a large percentage of their district’s total DUI enforcement numbers. Troopers Daniel Erickson and Marvin Wagle made a combined 237 DUI arrests in 2010, accounting for 49.58% of District 7’s DUI arrests, while Trooper Jeffrey Nichols made 84 DUI arrests, accounting for 35.8% of District 17’s total.
“There is no greater satisfaction as a police officer than to realize your accomplishments are making a difference in the community you serve,” said Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau. “These officers have demonstrated their commitment to improve safety on Illinois roadways and have no doubt saved thousands of lives,” he added.
ISP Troopers collaborate with local law enforcement and work closely with state attorney’s offices and victim’s advocate representatives to improve public safety.
Listed below is a synopsis of the each Trooper’s accomplishment:
Trooper Daniel Erickson,
District 7 (East Moline)
Trooper Marvin Wagle,
District 7 (East Moline)
| Over the past 20 years, District 7 normally experienced approximately 30 fatal crashes each year. The number was drastically reduced to 14 in 2009 and continued into 2010 when Trooper Erickson arrested 121 drivers for DUI and Trooper Wagle arrested 116 drivers. The two officers accounted for 49.58% of the total number of DUI arrests made by all District 7 officers. The officers also reached another milestone achievement by placing 1st and 2nd in the total number of DUI citations issued by all ISP officers during 2010. Trooper Erickson is a nine-year veteran of the ISP. Trooper Wagle joined the ISP in 2008. |
Trooper Marc Baker,
District 14 (Macomb)
| Trooper Baker was recognized for his outstanding performance in DUI countermeasures. Over the last five years, Trooper Baker made 225 arrests for DUI and has led District 14 in DUI arrests over the past three years. He is a field sobriety test instructor, mentors other officers on DUI arrest procedures, and frequently organizes and implements details with other officers targeting problem areas. Trooper Baker’s efforts to prevent underage drinking during the past year included alcohol related arrests for 38 other related violations such as Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by Minors and Illegal Transportation of Alcohol. Trooper Baker joined the Illinois State Police in 2007. |
Trooper Jason Czub,
District 15 (Downers Grove)
| Trooper Czub has been District 15’s top DUI enforcer for the last two years and is a 4 ½ year veteran of the ISP. While assigned to District 15’s midnight shift on the North Tri-State Tollway since 2009, he has promoted public safety through his rigorous DUI enforcement efforts. He was recognized as District 15’s top DUI writer in 2010 making 117 arrests. He is extremely self-motivated and consistently promotes public safety on the Illinois Tollway by enforcing DUI laws. |
Trooper Jeffrey Nichols,
District 17 (LaSalle)
| Trooper Nichols is extremely proactive in the fight against drunk driving. He consistently patrols the primary and secondary routes in a diligent effort to remove impaired drivers from the roadways. He monitors large public gatherings and provides a positive police presence in that area to minimize the potential for impaired driving. Trooper Nichols is a dedicated police officer whose efforts are unwavering. He was District 17's top officer with 84 of the 234 DUI arrests (35.8%) made in 2010. With only four years on the job, he consistently is in the district's top five for activity. |
Trooper Mark Nelson,
District 22 (Ullin)
| Trooper Nelson has shown outstanding DUI enforcement efforts by handling 24 non-crash related DUI arrests in rural areas of Southern Illinois. He is a veteran officer with more than 10 years patrol experience and has shown dedication to MADD’s philosophy toward public safety by increasing awareness through rigorous DUI enforcement. |
Consideration for this recognition was given to officers or individuals who demonstrated outstanding service in support of MADD’s mission, including outstanding enforcement efforts, efforts to eliminate drunk driving, and efforts to prevent underage drinking. Mother’s Against Drunk Driving honors police officers, state’s attorneys, judges, and victim witness coordinators every year for their support of MADD’s mission - the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.
"These Troopers are leaders within their Districts and are raising the bar every day to driving zero fatalities to a reality,” said Colonel Rob Haley. “Their service and dedication should remind all of us that their accomplishments are ultimately the Department’s accomplishments, and we are making a difference in saving lives,” he added.
The banquet was held to recognize officers and individuals who have made safe roads a number one priority by supporting the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving in Illinois. Their combined efforts have contributed to the prevention of serious personal injury and fatal crashes within the communities they serve. For more than 20 years, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has supported the victims of impaired drivers. To date, MADD’s work has saved nearly 300,000 lives…and counting.