• 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


    Chuck DeWeese, Assistant Commissioner, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

    Chuck DeWeese

    Chuck DeWeese started his career in highway safety in 1992 as a special agent at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration where he conducted safety investigations on poor-performing truck and bus carriers and worked with U.S. Department of Transportation legal advisors to remove non-compliant carriers from roadways. He was subsequently promoted to acting division administrator where he led criminal investigations and spearheaded a multiagency effort to reduce commercial motor vehicle crashes, leading to his life-long passion for saving lives on highways.

    In 2007, Chuck was hired as the assistant commissioner of the New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Since then, he has been the driving force behind the Committee’s most nationally-recognized and effective traffic safety campaigns and programs including, but not limited to: establishing the state’s Impaired Driving Advisory Council; developing the Distracted Driving Enforcement campaign; and partnering to create the state’s award-winning Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, an ambitious partnership of the New York State Departments of Health and Transportation and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. In addition, Chuck chairs New York State’s Traffic Records Coordinating Council, serves as a Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) regional representative, and as Chair of the Federal Relations Committee which is the conduit between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and GHSA.

    Chuck holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration which has clearly benefited both federal and state governments. He is a well-respected leader, both locally and nationally, is a dedicated advocate in reducing fatalities and serious injuries on his state’s roadways and across the nation, and has put New York State at the forefront of transportation safety innovation.

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

    • 2018 - Scott Stokes, Idaho Transportation Department, Division of Motor Vehicles
    • 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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