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Montgomery County Police Traffic Safety Director Honored

By Aaron Kraut

Monday - 7/21/2014, 12:35pm  ET

Capt. Thomas Didone speaking at a June award ceremony in which he was honored for his traffic safety efforts, via MCPA national traffic safety organization honored Montgomery County’s top traffic enforcement official, a man who has experienced personal tragedy when it comes to vehicle safety.

Montgomery County Police Capt. Thomas Didone is a 28-year veteran of the department who twice has headed up its traffic enforcement division. He helped create the county’s speed camera program and has been highly visible in the county’s ongoing pedestrian safety programs.

Much of his work since 2008 has been spurred by his son, who in October of that year was killed while riding in the back of a vehicle that crashed on a rural county road.

In June, Didone was one of 14 who received Highway Safety Hero Awards from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, presented to activists who have pushed for highway-safety initiatives.

Didone has testified for bills tightening driver safety laws. He’s also been in charge of the county’s new school bus camera initiative and explained the shifting focus of the department’s pedestrian safety efforts — which until a few years ago seemed more directed at pedestrians crossing illegally.

Photo via MCP