• Lifetime Achievement in Highway Safety - Motor Vehicle Administration

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    Lifetime Achievement in Highway Safety - Motor Vehicle Administration

    The Lifetime Achievement in Highway Safety is presented annually to an AAMVA member jurisdiction employee or other individual whose primary function is directly associated with highway and traffic safety efforts and who has had a distinguished career in this arena. The individual can be currently active or retired. One award is presented for achievement in highway safety in Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) and one for achievement in highway safety in Law Enforcement (LE). This award is presented at the Annual International Conference.

    Nominations must be from a chief motor vehicle or chief law enforcement administrator only. In the event that the chief administrator is the nominee, the nomination can be submitted by a deputy administrator. Each jurisdiction agency can submit a nominee for each category (MVA and LE) but can submit only one nominee in each category (MVA and LE).

    For specific questions regarding awards and submissions, please contact Freshta Rosario

    Selection Criteria

    • Extent of lifetime achievements
    • Impact on highway safety


    Scott Stokes, Chief Deputy, Idaho Transportation Department, Division of Motor Vehicles


    Scott Stokes, a 25-year Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) veteran, became chief deputy in 2007 after a long tenure as district engineer in northern Idaho. As chief deputy, Stokes oversees the divisions of Aeronautics, Motor Vehicles, and Transportation Performance and has primary responsibility for much of the department’s daily operations. He is chairman of the Idaho Traffic Safety Council and is intimately involved in all facets of highway safety for the department. He is also a leading advocate of the drive to achieve zero deaths on Idaho highways. In support of ITD’s strategic plan, Stokes is engaged in the department’s internal and external efforts to promote economic opportunity through transportation and to increase mobility for Idaho travelers. He is a member of ITD’s four-person executive team and reports to the director. A second-generation ITD employee, Stokes joined the department in 1992 and served as the state bridge engineer early in his career. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Brigham Young University and worked for a private engineering firm about eight years before joining ITD. Stokes’ commitment to saving lives and reducing injuries is making a real difference in Idaho by making safety a strategic goal and a major factor in the department’s performance measures, implementing innovative approaches to engineer safety, and identifying and focusing on problem areas. His efforts have helped Idaho achieve the lowest number of fatalities in more than 50 years, seat belt usage at an all time high, and the lowest five-year average for fatalities for unrestrained persons in motor vehicle crashes.

    Past Lifetime Achievement in Highway Safety - Motor Vehicle Administration Award Winners

    • 2017 - Fred Zwonechek, Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles 
    • 2016 - Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State
    • 2015 - Kim Snook, Iowa Department of Transportation
    • 2014 - Robert Redmond, U.S. Department of Transportation
    • 2013 - John Kuo, Administrator, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration

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