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One Officer, Six Months, 167 DWI Arrests

By R Turriff 05/11/16

Laser Technology, Inc. recently donated an LTI 20/20 TruSpeed S laser at the Monroe County STOP DWI Conference to Officer Sam Weech of the Rochester Police Department (RPD) to show appreciation for his dedication to the safety of NY roadways. He has been working in law enforcement for a total of 14 years, 12 of those being with the Rochester Police Department.

One Officer Makes a Difference

Officer Weech was not immediately interested in pursuing a career in the police department and was originally aiming for an FBI position. He wanted to apply to the FBI with law enforcement experience, so he took the required test and was hired by the RPD in 2002, beginning his career in law enforcement. Over the years, Officer Weech realized he enjoyed the department so much that he decided to end his pursuit for an FBI career to stay with the RPD.

It took Officer Weech a short amount of time to learn the ropes and patrol the locations where drunk driving was a growing issue. Things only took off from there. Officer Weech became certified in field sobriety testing right away in 2004, a DWI instructor in 2010, and a breath test operator instructor and drug recognition expert in 2011. Over the years, he became motivated to protect the streets from distracted drivers because of his experience with alcohol-related injuries and crashes.

Between July 9, 2015 and December 31, 2015, Officer Weech had arrested 167 individuals for driving while impaired! Because of his expertise, other officers in the department will even turn over suspected drivers to Officer Weech for DWI investigation. Although he is glad to get violators off the streets, he hopes to see these numbers decrease in the future.

When Officer Weech is not on patrol, he enjoys meeting with the victims of impaired drivers and helping them through their tragedy. He also encourages them and stands by their side during the Victim Impact Panel, where they speak about losses caused by impaired and distracted drivers. Officer Weech plans to continue to get impaired and distracted drivers off the streets to ensure the community does not lose any more citizens in tragic accidents.

Laser Technology, Inc. appreciates the example Officer Sam Weech created in his community and is proud to recognize his service. LTI is honored to have donated a TruSpeed S laser to him so he can continue his efforts combating impaired and distracted driving.