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Massachusetts State Trooper recognized with community award for work with teens across the state



Westwood, MA- A Massachusetts State Trooper is being acknowledged with a community award for his work with teens across the region.

AAA Northeast is recognizing Trooper Peter Pollard of the Massachusetts State Police as a statewide “Traffic Safety Hero” for his outstanding efforts in 2022 through the annual AAA Northeast Community Traffic Safety Award program. The award honors those who work to maintain safety on our state’s roadways and educate citizens on traffic safety.

According to AAA, Trooper Pollard presented AAA Northeast’s community outreach program, Shifting Gears: the Blunt Truth about Marijuana and Driving, to thousands of Massachusetts high school students during the past three years. In explaining the Commonwealth’s laws, the role of a Drug Recognition Expert, and his personal experiences in responding to crashes, Trooper Pollard has been an impactful speaker who communicates well with students. Trooper Pollard was featured in the video AAA Northeast produced for the Registry of Motor Vehicles as an update to Massachusetts driver education to inform young motorists about impaired driving.

“We value Trooper Pollard’s commitment to preventing impaired driving through education,” said Mary Maguire, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, “His passion for keeping young drivers safe really shines through every presentation as he answers the students’ questions and encourages them to make safe decisions. We are grateful for his expertise and commitment.”

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