DANIELS, W.Va. - The 7th annual Highway2Enforcement (H2E) Awards Banquet was held May 23 at The Resort at Glade Springs. Area law enforcement officers were recognized for their achievements as part of the state's Top 52 Enforcers, who have achieved outstanding success in the area of DUI arrests and conviction.

Sgt. Jarrod Marcum of the Williamson Police Department was one of the officers in Region 8 who was honored.

State, county and local law enforcement agencies were honored for their dedication to decreasing the number of impaired drivers on roadways.

The awards banquet was held in conjunction with the Highway2Enforcement Conference.

Many of the 2018 Top 52 Enforcers have completed special Drugged-Driver Recognition Training under the West Virginia Drug Evaluation and Classification program.

"Our officers across the state are out daily, responding to calls for service and conducting traffic enforcement," said Sgt. Adam Ballard, coordinator of the West Virginia Coalfields Highway Safety Program in Bluefield. "Many of these officers had a goal to change and save lives when they became officers. The Highway Safety Program helps them to build on the lifesaving goals by reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities.

One of the proven countermeasures to reduce those crashes that is used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is by enforcement. Statistics prove that there is a direct correlation between increased enforcement and a reduction in crash fatalities - thus saving lives. This event was held to help keep officers trained as well as recognize those who are truly going above and beyond to keep our roadways safe."