BREMEN — This past Monday, two area Indiana State Troopers were recognized by the Indiana chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) for excellence in getting drunk drivers off Indiana’s roads.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows nearly 30 people die every day across the United States in drunk driving crashes. That averages to one preventable death every 50 minutes, making the efforts of these troopers even more commendable.
Master Trooper Mick Dockery of the Indiana State Police Bremen Post was recognized for his impressive efforts. In 2020, Dockery was responsible for removing 203 drunk drivers from local roads. During this year, Dockery also made his 1,000th career drunk driving arrest. Dockery patrols primarily in Elkhart County. He graduated from the 58th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in December 1999.
“There are many officers within our communities who commit themselves daily to serve and protect the great people of the state of Indiana,” said Dockery. “Hopefully my small part of a larger picture helped make a difference. For me, it’s not about the number of arrests but the number of injuries or deaths that may have been prevented.”
Trooper Benjamin Beers of the Indiana State Police Toll Road Post was also recognized for his part in removing 115 drunk drivers from Indiana’s roads. Beers is a graduate of the Indiana State Police 77th Recruit Academy that graduated in October 2017. He patrols the Indiana Toll Road, primarily in Lake and Porter Counties.
“I’ve seen enough DUI crashes to know the dangers of driving while intoxicated,” said Beers. “I’m just glad I have a chance to stop some of them before they happen.”
Recognized troopers received a certificate for their achievements, as well as a pin and a challenge coin.