Corporal Wade Stern (left) and Officer Jonathan El Khoury (right) were honored for their work to eradicate drunk driving.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — UC Riverside Police Corporal Wade Stern and Officer Jonathan El Khoury were among several Riverside-area law enforcement officers recognized on March 12, 2014 for their efforts to eradicate drunk driving.
The duo were honored by MADD California, the California Office of Traffic Safety, and the AVOID THE 30 Campaign at the Annual Riverside County Law Enforcement Recognition and DUI Training Seminar at the Riverside Convention Center. Stern had 37 drunk driving arrests during the past year, while El Khoury had 24.
“It seems like all of us know someone who has been negatively impacted by a DUI related injury or death,” said UCR Police Chief Mike Lane. “In October 2013, a UC Riverside Police Officer was driving a patrol car at about 1 a.m. when his vehicle was struck by a DUI driver. I am happy to report that our officer has since recovered from his injuries, but this could have been every chief’s nightmare in terms of a death or career ending injury.
“UCPD has a long standing relationship with MADD, and we will continue its longstanding tradition of DUI enforcement,” Lane added. “These officers are examples of this commitment.”
MADD California provides support services to law enforcement through assistance with educational awareness materials at sobriety checkpoints, public education about the devastating crime of drunk driving, and recognition events to encourage and thank officers for removing drunk drivers from the roadways to keep law abiding citizens safe.