Six Roseville officers honored by MADD

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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Six Roseville police officers were honored recently by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers for their efforts to combat drunk driving. Officers recognized were Chris Uribe, Andrew Bonner, Jeremy Guess, Bruce Hagler, Gary Cole and Timothy Downes. Downes received a California MADD Hero award at the organization?s 14th annual statewide dinner on June 2, and the others were recognized in April. Downes was Roseville?s top DUI enforcement officer in 2011, with 148 arrests, according to the Roseville Police Department. According to Dee Dee Gunther of the Roseville Police Department, Downes wasn?t a dedicated traffic officer, but a patrol beat officer, so he apprehended many DUI offenders while also handling his regular patrol duties. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers is an organization aimed at stopping drunk driving, supporting victims of DUI and preventing underage drinking. Each year, California MADD awards individual officers, departments, state park agencies, media and community partners whose actions and policies are aligned with the organization?s mission. ?We take DUI very seriously in Roseville,? Gunther said. ?We encourage people to use designated drivers or taxis. When those prevention measures fail and they are caught drinking and driving, we will arrest them.?