Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Toyota Hawaii recognized several Honolulu police officers this week for efforts to curb drunken driving on Oahu roadways.
Waldron Chung, an officer for nine years, works in the Traffic Division, catching drunken drivers and speeders on the freeways and major roadways of Oahu. MADD recognized him for making 108 drunken-driving arrests in 2010.
That was 31 DUI arrests more than the next highest Traffic Division officer, a night solo bike officer who also received an award.
"I don’t keep track," Chung said after the award ceremony Tuesday at Servco Auto Honolulu in Mapunapuna. "Maybe it’s the area we patrol. I don’t work any harder than anybody else in the department."
Cpl. Chad Giesseman had the most DUI arrests on the police force last year, the second year in a row. He made 135 drunken driving arrests and 91 moving-violation arrests in 2010. In 2009 he topped the department in drunken-driving arrests with 166.
MADD awarded Giesseman with the Outstanding Service Award for an individual and the Outstanding Service Award for a unit.
Giesseman, a 16-year veteran, covers the first watch from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., patrolling sector 4 of District 1, the area bounded by Piikoi Street, Kapiolani Boulevard, Keeaumoku Street and the H-1 freeway.
He attributed his high arrest numbers to the activity in his sector, where several nightclubs, restaurants and bars are located. He also credited his team and his sergeant, Albert Lee, whom he described as a "working sergeant."
"It’s kind of hard not to work when you have a supervisor like that," he said. "You don’t want to see your supervisor work harder than you."
Giesseman said his ability to make so many arrests might be linked to his ability to process the arrests quickly and get back on the road. Honolulu Traffic Maj. Kurt Kendro said, "It’s a testament to his hard work and dedication."
Mary Tyner, whose husband was killed by an alleged drunken driver March 31 in a crash on the H-1 freeway, attended the ceremony with her daughter Malia, 23, to show their appreciation of HPD’s efforts against drunken driving.
"It’s my hope that something can be done to eliminate drunk driving," she said. "Life is precious. It’s not worth the risk."