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  • 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).

    Selection Criteria

    • Extent of lifetime achievements
    • Impact on highway safety
           

    2021 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN HIGHWAY SAFETY -  MOTOR VEHICLE ADMINISTRATION WINNER
       

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    Owen McShane, Director, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

    Director Owen McShane has served the people of the State of New York for 30 years. In that time, he has been a leader in combating identity fraud through the use of stolen identities and fraudulent documents to promote highway safety. Further, he has helped to curb vehicle theft to protect consumers and keep unreliable vehicles off the road. He has represented the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYS DMV) on various highway safety committees and initiatives. He was Chair of the the AAMVA Fraudulent Document Recognition (FDR) Working Group which created the FDR training program still in use today. He also Chaired the AAMVA External Fraud Working Group and AAMVA Facial Recognition Working Group and  helped develop a training manual to detect altered and counterfeit vehicle titles and other types of vehicle ownership documents as a member of the AAMVA Vehicle Document Examiner Course (VDEC). Owen is admired by his peers and fellow highway safety practitioners for his leadership and participation. He is often sought out for his participation and guidance in blazing new trails to protect DMV documents and records. Through this work, the roadways of the State of New York, and the nation, are safer.

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

    • 2020 - Karen Grim, Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
    • 2019 - Chuck DeWeese, Assistant Commissioner, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
    • 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 


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