SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — A Wytheville Division, Area 26 Virginia State Police Sergeant was among the 22 award winners recognized during the annual Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) Awards Ceremony held Tuesday evening.

Sgt. Troy Dalton received YOVASO’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award in recognition of his exemplary efforts and programs to encourage traffic safety among youth in the Wytheville area and across the commonwealth; particularly for taking the lead in starting a Distracted Driving Simulator Program for his region of the state.

The YOVASO Awards Ceremony was made possible by a grant from State Farm and other private donations.

“It is important to recognize our students, schools, youth groups, and law enforcement for helping to save lives on Virginia’s highways. Peer-to-peer programs are key to changing behavior and influencing safe drivers. We are proud and thankful for everyone’s dedication and hard work this past year to promote youth traffic safety.”

Mary King, YOVASO Program Manager

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