On December 3rd the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) honored six individuals with the Kevin E. Quinlan Award for Excellence in Traffic Safety at an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Kevin Quinlan was a pioneering highway safety advocate and impaired driving expert who worked at NHTSA and NTSB.
One of the award recipients was the Honorable John S. Kennedy, who established the nationally-recognized Target 25 Program in York County, PA. Since launching in 2012, the program has changed the county’s pretrial handling of repeat DUI offenders through supervised bail and continuous alcohol monitoring, to specifically promote public safety. As a result of Target 25, York County has experienced a 90% reduction in the number of DUI offenders who are arrested for a subsequent DUI offense within the same year.
Judge Kennedy has been responsible for a number of innovative programs since joining the Court of Common Pleas of York County in 1996. In 1997, Judge Kennedy helped establish the York County Drug Treatment Court, the second drug treatment court in Pennsylvania. In 2002, he helped create the first Reentry Court Program in the state. This program was intended to help establish a working relationship between the State Department of Corrections, State Probation and Parole, and county agencies to help incarcerated offenders reintegrate into society. Judge Kennedy currently presides over the York County Mental Health, Drug, and DUI Treatment Courts, and he is also the Orphans’ Court Judge. He is also a member of the York County Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
We congratulate all of the recipients of this year’s Kevin E. Quinlan Award for Excellence in Traffic Safety:
- Jim Camp, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Tennessee
- Sergeant Ken Denton, Washington State Patrol
- Moses Garcia, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Washington
- Dr. Jim Hedlund, Ithaca, New York
- The Honorable Harvey Hoffman, Lansing, Michigan
- The Honorable John S. Kennedy, York, Pennsylvania