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November 2013

New York State Police Captain and Maryland MVA Administrator Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards


The Chair of AAMVA’s Enforcement Standing Committee, Captain Leonard P. Casper, and John T. Kuo, administrator of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), were both honored with the Martha Irwin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Highway Safety at AAMVA’s 2013 Annual International Conference. Kuo was the recipient of the award in the non-law enforcement category, and Casper of the New York State Police was the winner in the law enforcement category.

The award recognizes their commitment to and accomplishments in highway safety over the course of their careers.

As a member of the New York State Police for the last 30 years, assigned to the Traffic Services section for over 15 years, Casper has been a leader in promoting highway safety. He has been instrumental in incorporating technology into law enforcement, organizing and managing the State Police’s development of an electronic system for issuing traffic citations and crash reports, among other technological initiatives.

Kuo has played a key part in legislative initiatives aimed at making roads safer. Through his persistent, personal advocacy for driver safety, he was able to get support of a law requiring all Maryland residents to buckle up, and successfully advocated for a texting while driving ban as well as a hands-free cell phone requirement, enforceable as a secondary violation. 


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Stacey Stanton and Brian Ursino present the 2013 Martha Irwin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Highway Safety to New York State Patrol Captain Leonard Casper.

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Stacey Stanton and Milt Chaffee present the 2013 Martha Irwin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Highway Safety (Non-Law Enforcement) to Maryland MVA’s Administrator John Kuo.

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Stacey Stanton and Linda Dunstall present the International Driver Examiner Certification Program Award to New Brunswick’s Roger Allain.

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Stacey Stanton poses with Hawaii’s Dennis Kamimura, the 2013 recipient of the AAMVA Chair’s Award of Excellence.