LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - Tpr. Gregory Primeau of the Michigan State Police (MSP) Iron Mountain Post will be honored during the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission (GTSAC) annual awards presentation Wednesday at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing for his efforts as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and deaths.
The commission honors organizations, programs, and individuals for outstanding contributions to traffic safety. The awards ceremony is part of the 22nd Annual Michigan Traffic Safety Summit. Six Outstanding Traffic Safety Achievement awards, three long-term awards and a student award are being presented.
Trooper Primeau joined the MSP in 2004. He became a Standardized Field Sobriety Test instructor in 2010 and a DRE in 2011. The latter is a police officer trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol. The trooper’s training and experiences have been instrumental in his ability to take suspected impaired drivers consistently and successfully through the judicial process
Since transferring to the Iron Mountain Post in 2011, Trooper Primeau has arrested 151 motorists who were driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. Of those arrests, 57 were specifically drug related.
Trooper Primeau was cited as “a leader who takes pride in his work” and a “steady and reliable contact” for those he has instructed. He gives numerous drug-related presentations and is sought after as a speaker throughout the region.
The GTSAC was formed in 2002 to serve as the state’s forum for identifying key traffic safety challenges and developing and implementing plans to address those issues. The GTSAC includes representatives from the MSP and the departments of: Education, Health and Human Services, State, and Transportation, as well as Office of the Governor, Office of Services to the Aging, and Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. There are also three representatives from local government appointed by the governor.