Tue Sep 23 13:44:07 PDT 2014
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MADD Recognizes Charlottesville Lt. Ronnie Roberts for Lifetime Achievement
Ruth Morton

September 22, 2014 Area law enforcement, including a local lieutenant's legacy, were recognized for their work to keep roads safe on Monday night. Mothers Against Drunk Driving held the 28th year of the Regional Law Enforcement Awards Dinner at the Michie Tavern in Albemarle County. Every year, officers from around Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley are recognized for their work to fight drunk driving and underage drinking. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award went to the Charlottesville Police Department's Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts. "It doesn't seem like a lifetime. It really seems like yesterday when the Commonwealth Attorney was teaching me all those necessary elements for the prosecutorial side of the court when I was taking those drunk drivers into the courtroom. And I remember vividly that first trial," said Roberts. "The education you get from the Commonwealth Attorney is priceless and they last forever." In his 40 years with Charlottesville police, Roberts worked cases himself, taught others for about 30 years, and started DUI checkpoints in town in the '80s. "It's a commitment to the community, commitment to keeping our community roadways safe at all times. And that's the whole objective there. To save lives, too." Roberts said he is leaving the Charlottesville department to become the Louisa Chief of Police.

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