The California Office of Traffic Safety presented a special recognition award for traffic safety excellence on Wednesday to Santa Monica Police Officer Jason Olson.

A SMPD release states that Olson’s work has directly benefited the Santa Monica community. From helping to lower alcohol-involved deaths and injuries to serving as a traffic collision investigator, Olson has used his expertise to identify individuals driving under the influence.  In 2011 alone, Olson arrested 60 individuals that were driving while impaired. His efforts are the reason why the Office of Traffic Safety is honoring him.