On September 18, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam presented Driven to Protect with the Governor’s Honor Award for public-private partnerships during a ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. As partners in the Driven to Protect Initiative, the Virginia DMV, James River Transportation, and the DADSS Program were recognized for demonstrating exemplary service and commitment to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
For the past year, Driven to Protect has been expanding public awareness of the DADSS technology and piloting on-road, vehicle-integrated tests of the prototype breath-based sensors. The partnership is a great example of the technological innovation happening in Virginia and the ongoing leadership the state is showing in the fight against drunk driving. Through Driven to Protect’s interactive exhibits and technology demonstrations, Virginians are not only learning how science and technology can be leveraged to save lives, but they are also learning about the time and effort that goes into developing and testing this breakthrough technology. A number of visitors to the demonstration vehicle have shared their excitement for the technology. The Initiative has also earned support from key members of the traffic safety community, from local government and law enforcement in Virginia to youth outreach and other advocates.
Driven to Protect is honored to receive the 2019 Governor’s Honor Award and looks forward to continuing to work with the Virginia DMV, James River Transportation, and the DADSS Program as they help to invent a world without drunk driving.