At the 8th annual DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Training Conference, held April 23rd and 24th in Tigard, the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force presented their annual awards of excellence to various organizations, groups and individuals who made a significant contribution to deterring impaired driving in Oregon during 2003. The award winners and their accomplishments included:
DUII PROSECUTOR OF-THE-YEAR
This award is given to a city, county or state prosecutor who exemplifies proper and effective prosecution skills in the area of impaired driving and someone who routinely takes on the challenges involved in prosecuting impaired driving offenders. This person is also looked upon as being a leader in impaired driving prosecution and someone who sets an example for all prosecutors to follow.
The 2003 award winner was Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis. District Attorney Marquis was selected for this award based upon his continued impact on impaired driving in Oregon. In 2003, Mr. Marquis was instrumental in the passing of Senate Bill 302, which now requires DUII offenders to make an acknowledgement of guilt prior to entering a Diversion program. Mr. Marquis is also one of the few remaining District Attorneys who prosecutes impaired drivers and takes an active role in reducing impaired driving in his county and the state.