COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Law enforcement officers from around the state were honored Wednesday for their work cracking down on drunk driving.
"South Carolina has dropped from number one to number seven in terms of DUI related impaired drivers," said Leroy Smith, director of the South Carolina Dept. of Public Safety.
SCDPS hosted the Eighth Annual DUI Enforcement Recognition and 2012 Law Enforcement DUI Challenge Ceremonies.
Locally, Camden patrolman Tony Wages received the "Rookie of the Year" award for making nine DUI arrests, Lance Cpl. Jeffrey L. Fortner received the "Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year" award for 109 DUI arrests, and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office received the "Agency of the Year" award for making 125 DUI arrests in 2012.
The DUI Challenge segment of the ceremony allowed several law enforcement agencies to enter a live drawing for the chance to win one of two fully equipped police vehicles.