Traffic safety group honors VBPD's MPO Eriald Kera for his work
In 1991, Concerned Citizens Advocating Traffic Safety instituted the John T. Hanna Award. Named after Virginia’s “Father of Transportation Safety,” these awards honor those who share his tireless dedication and commitment to improving traffic safety on Virginia's highways.
John T. Hanna's work remains the cornerstone of transportation safety, as we know it today. The unparalleled zeal for safety that was the hallmark his career is an inspiration to every parent, police officer, judge, teacher and citizen, who is committed to saving lives through traffic safety.
Master Police Officer Eriald Kera, who works in the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit, has been selected to be the recipient of Drive Safe Hampton Roads' 2018 John T. Hanna Award for Law Enforcement Initiatives, by an Individual.
Officer Kera received a plaque memorializing the award at the organization’s recently held award ceremony at the Princess Anne Country Club.
Officer Kera was recognized as a result of his individual efforts to promote traffic safety in the community through a variety of citizen education and prevention programs, the aggressive detection and apprehension of impaired drivers, and, the enforcement of traffic laws in the city of Virginia Beach. He's seen here, surrounded by some of his colleagues (Courtesy photo.)
Officer Kera was recognized as a result of his individual efforts to promote traffic safety in the community, through a variety of citizen education and prevention programs, the aggressive detection and apprehension of impaired drivers, and, the enforcement of traffic laws in the city of Virginia Beach.
Officer Kera has continually led the city and the region in enforcement efforts relating to impaired driving.
Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD) recognized Kera for having the highest number of driving-under-the-influence arrests, in Southeastern Virginia, for calendar year 2017.
For the 12 months preceding the Hanna award submission, Officer Kera led the police department with 137 arrests, for driving under the influence.
Officer Kera also supports the police department’s law enforcement efforts by coordinating multiple saturation patrols, to focus traffic enforcement efforts in those areas that are most in need. These efforts have led to documented reductions in vehicle crashes in those areas of focus.
He assists in educating the public on traffic safety, through the delivery of the department’s Driving Safety Lecture Program. This program is provided to military personnel as a part of their annual “safety stand-downs.”
During the past year, Officer Kera personally provided 18 military safety lectures, educating hundreds of soldiers, sailors and civilians on the hazards of drunk, aggressive and distracted driving.
Kera is also instrumental in participating in the “Every Fifteen Minutes” program, which selects two local high schools each year, to provide dynamic instruction on the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving.
Officer Kera’s hard work and dedication has made him a standout in the area of traffic safety within not only the city of Virginia Beach, but the entire southeastern region of Virginia. He is most deserving of the 2018 John T. Hanna Award for Law Enforcement Initiatives, by an Individual.
Article and photo submitted by Concerned Citizens Advocating Traffic Safety.