taken from the Malone Telegram, November 11, 2013.
Franklin County Traffic Safety Board Vice Chairman Dave Werner has been recognized by his peers for his efforts to educate the public about traffic safety issues.
Werner was given the Ray Thorpe Award at the annual New York State Highway Safety Symposium, held this year in the Syracuse suburb of Liverpool, according to Dean Fountain of county TSB. “The award is given to someone who shows a commitment to keeping motorists and the public safe on our highways,” Fountain wrote in announcing Werner’s selection.
“All members of the Franklin County TSB felt Dave deserved the award for all of his time dedicated to keeping people safe in our County,” Fountain wrote.
Werner has been a member of the Franklin County Traffic Safety Board for more than 25 years and has served as either chairman or vice chairman since 2000, county Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill wrote in his letter nominating Werner for the award.
Werner is the author of the “Did You Know” column, which highlights different aspects of traffic safety each week. The column appears in media throughout the area — including The Telegram — and in other parts of the state, and is used by various state and federal agencies to promote traffic safety. He has given frequent presentations on traffic safety in schools, at driver safety classes, to community and senior citizen groups and lto aw enforcement agencies — all on a voluntary basis.
“Dave Werner is ‘Mister Traffic Safety’ in Franklin County and, as a total volunteer, is richly deserving of the Ray Thorpe Award,” Mulverhill wrote.
Each of New York’s 63 counties could nominate someone for the Thorpe award.