At AAA’s Fourth Annual Community Traffic Safety Awards lunch recently at Marisa’s, Trumbull, Public Affairs Manager Fran Mayko, center,  presented, Officer McDonnell, left, and Lieut. Tim Gavallas with awards.

AAA Southern New England – CT recently honored the Watertown Police Department with a Silver Award for the department’s outstanding traffic safety programs that include an aggressive DUI enforcement program and seat belt enforcement campaign. In addition, AAA recognized Officer Thomas McDonnell as a department-nominated Traffic Safety Hero for his crackdown on uninsured motorists in town. In 2012, Officer McDonnell led the department in motor vehicle stops: 196 stops in which 36 resulted in summons; 94 in infractions and 57 in written warnings.