YORK COUNTY, SC – Each year Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) and the South Carolina Department of Public Safety recognizes law enforcement officers for their efforts in keeping drunk drivers off road ways. Five York County Sheriff’s Deputies have been recognized by M.A.D.D. and SCDPS to receive the DUI Enforcement Hero Award.
Deputies Jon Osborne and Matt Palmer received the silver award for making between 25 and 49 DUI arrests in 2012. Deputies Travis Shealey, Ryan King and Christopher Laurencio received the Bronze award for making between 16 and 24 DUI arrests in 2012. The Gold award is for those officers who make more than 50 DUI arrests.
(L-R) Capt. Allen Brandon, Dep. Travis Shealey, Dep. Matt Palmer, Dep. Jon Osborne. **Not Pictured Dep. Ryan King & Dep. Christopher Laurencio)
“We will continue to put pressure on those people who choose to drink and drive in York County,” said Sheriff Bruce Bryant. “Drunk drivers threaten the lives and safety of the citizens of York County and we won’t tolerate it.”
Since 2011 the York County Sheriff’s Office has seen a 61% increase in DUI charges made in the county jurisdiction. 2011: 148 2012: 239. Thus far in 2013, the York County Sheriff’s Office has made 118 DUI arrests.