(WKTV) - The number of driving while intoxicated arrests in Oneida County has slowly gone down over the years, but law enforcement officers say they'd like the number to be zero.
In 2000, there were around 1,000 DWI arrests each year in Oneida County, according to Stop DWI coordinator Tom Giruzzi. In 2013, that number was closer to 700.
On Thursday, those who combat drunk driving were recognized for the work they do not only the streets but in the community.
"These guys are out there in the trenches every day, in what I think is a vile world," Giruzzi said. "Reward them for the job they do day-in, day-out not only for keeping our roads safe, but our community.
Programs such as Alive at 25 and the Stop DWI Baseball Classic are ways to educate youth about the dangers of drunk driving. This weekend, the Ted Moore Run is happening at Mohawk Valley Community College.
Those honored Thursday include:
Recipients of the Joseph D. Corr Memorial Award:
Boonville: Officer David J. Humphries
Camden: Officer Matthew Hoffman
Kirkland: Officer James Zwijacs
New Hartford: Officer James M. Hyatt
New York Mills: Officer Guy Danella
New York State Police: Trooper Jamie Gallagher
Oneida County Sheriff's Department: Deputy Aaron Award
Rome: Patrolman Hollie Kennedy
Vernon: Greg Sanborn
Whitestown: Officer Matthew Zabek
Whitesboro: Patrolman Mitchell Grogan
Utica: Officer Charles Parkosewwich
Yorkville: Officer Benny Rotundo Jr.
The William M. Weber Memorial Award for Excellence in Crash Reconstruction was awarded to Sgt. Greg Facciolo of the Utica Police Department and Investigator John "Jay" LaFayette.
The Perpetual Agency Award was given to the City of Utica Police Department.
The Oneida County Sheriff's Law Enforcement DWI Investigative Excellence Award was given to New York State Police investigators Jason A. Thomas and Jacob C. Byron.