Sacto 9-1-1
August 23, 2011
CHP's Farrow honored for lifetime achievement in motor vehicle safety

California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow was honored in Milwaukee today with a lifetime achievement award given by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

The AAMVA Martha Irwin Lifetime Achievement Award, given annually, recognizes contributions toward highway safety over the course of a career, according to a news release from the association.

Calling Farrow's career "long and impressive," the AAMVA applauded Farrow's contributions toward seat belt and child safety programs, specifically his work in the legislative arena toward requiring safety belts in school buses, the news release states.

Farrow also played a key role in gaining formal recognition as an accredited law enforcement agency, the AAMVA noted, and has led the CHP during times of community crisis, including earthquakes, fires and floods.

"Commissioner Farrow's many contributions toward traffic safety initiatives have had a profound influence not only in California, but throughout the United States," AAMVA President and CEO Neil Schuster stated in the release. "Presenting him with the Martha Irwin Award recognizes what many in the motor vehicle community have long known - that Commissioner Farrow is a true leader among us and his many years of dedication to keeping the roads safe will be remembered for generations to come."

Farrow has been with the CHP for 32 years and was appointed to the commissioner's post in 2008 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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