Montgomery County Prosecutor, Warren Diepraam, was honored this week with a 2013 Public Service Award by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Diepraam becomes the only Texas prosecutor to have received this award. NHTSA Administrator, David Strickland, presented Diepraam with the award at the Lifesavers Conference in Denver. Lifesavers is the world’s largest traffic safety conference and is held yearly. Several others were recognized for their efforts as well.
Administrator Strickland noted that Diepraam has been one of the most recognized prosecutors in the country because of his innovative programs such as No Refusal or creative prosecutions such as being the first to convict a habitual drunk driver for Felony Murder rather than Intoxication Manslaughter. Strickland noted that Diepraam has spent well over twenty years fighting impaired driving cases. Montgomery County District Attorney, Brett Ligon, hired Diepraam from Harris County in 2009 when he took office. Ligon has assigned Diepraam to his office’s Specialized Prosecutions Division where Diepraam handles crimes ranging from vehicular homicides to internet crimes.
The award is handed out yearly at the Lifesavers Conference to individuals or programs that have beneficially enhanced national traffic safety causes. Diepraam thanked Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon for his support of DWI initiatives and his desire to make Montgomery County a safer place for its residents. Diepraam also thanked the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) for their support of the No Refusal Program. Lastly, Ligon stated that the office’s approach to proactive prosecutions as well as support of law enforcement and victims is a cornerstone of his office and his theory of prosecution.