J. Stannard Baker Award For Highway Safety
2015 J. Stannard Baker Award For Highway Safety
Sheriff (ret) F.W. (Wakie) Howard, Jr.
New Kent County, Virginia
Sheriff Howard has served on the Virginia Highway Safety Committee since 1995 and served as the co-chair from 2000 until his retirement. He also served on the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Traffic Safety Committee from 2005 to 2015.
Sheriff Howard has been a strong supporter of highway safety in the commonwealth and has testified or had his department members testify at the General Assembly on the pick-up truck law restricting those under the age of 16 from being transported in the bed of a truck. Members of his office testified on the child safety seat law requiring those up to the age of 8 be transported on an approved child safety seat.
Sheriff Howard and his members also testified in the new school bus lights systems requiring the warning lights to automatically activate with the opening of the door instead of the driver having to activate the lights manually. All of these bills successfully passed in the General Assembly and were put into law.
In May 2003, the “buckle up” program at New Kent High School was created with the assistance of Sheriff Howard, the high school principal, superintendent of schools, and the county school board to combat the students’ low seat belt usage rates. The program outlines the consequences for students that do not buckle up and has received state and national attention. School divisions across the commonwealth and the United States have adopted the program.
In 2013, the office conducted a pilot program for distracted drivers targeting commercial motor vehicle operators using mobile phones. This was a partnership with Drive Smart Virginia and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This program has been adopted by the Virginia State Police, as well as other state agencies, and is used for passenger vehicle enforcement.
Sheriff Howard’s leadership has helped develop the future leaders of the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office. He has been an icon in the Commonwealth of Virginia when it comes to his commitment to highway safety.
The deadline for submitting to the 2016 J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety is May 1, 2017. To submit your application, click here. If you have submitted in the past, please consider submitting again!
Sponsored by NHTSA, and Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.
Categories and Criteria
Presentation of Awards
Qualifications and Rules
Nominations must be submitted by May 1, 2017 to:
For more information, contact Ed Hutchison at 800-424-7827 ext 326.
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J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety Winners
2015 Sheriff (ret) F.W. (Wakie) Howard, Jr., New Kent County, VA
2014 Sheriff George T. Maier, Stark County, OH
2013 Sheriff Dennis J. Conard, Scott County IA
Mrs. Joanne E. Thomka, Director, National Traffic Law Center
2012 Sheriff Charles Jett, Stafford County, VA
2011 Sheriff Dwight E. Radcliff, Pickaway County, OH
2010 Sheriff John Whetsel, Oklahoma County, OK
2009 Sergeant Chris Gonzalez, Collier County, FL
2008 Sergeant Joseph T. VanSeeters, Harford County, MD
2007 Captain Chris Looney, Franklin County, GA
2006 Sergeant Lee Scott Bailey, New Kent County, VA
2005 Sergeant Larry Savedge, Osceola County, FL
2004 Sergeant John F. D'Eredita, Onondaga County, NY
2003 Captain Todd Diaz, Lafourche Parish, LA
2002 Master Deputy William T. Belvin, Rowan County, NC
2001 Major Wayne Hannah, Fayette County, GA
2000 Sergeant David Hadley, Multnomah County, OR
1999 Captain John Diehl, Deschutes County, OR
1998 Deputy Michael S. Leary, Salt Lake County, UT
1997 Sergeant Carl R. Booth, Franklin County, OH
1996 Sergeant Kathleen Fossa, Pasco County, FL
1995 Corporal Norman “Butch” Whitaker, Ouachita Parish, LA
1994 Sergeant Yvonne Schull, Orange County, CA
1993 Lieutenant Randy Garrett, Clarendon County SC
1992 Sheriff James R. Metts, Lexington County, SC
1991 Sheriff Henry C. Zavislak, Jackson County, MI
1990 No Award Given
1989 No Award Given
1988 Sheriff George Hendle and Mr. George B. Corson, McHenry County, IL
1987 No Award Given
1986 Sheriff James Black, Larimer County, CO
1985 Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown, Greenville County, SC