Barbara Wallace Hughes, managing editor of The Messenger, was recognized for the newspaper's traffic safety efforts during the annual Governor's Highway Traffic Safety Conference, held Tuesday and Wednesday in Sioux City.
Nearly 200 traffic safety professionals were on hand to hear national and local speakers on topics including rural roadway safety, distracted driving, data-driven approaches to traffic safety, social media and law enforcement, search and seizure updates, and alcohol issues on college campuses.
During the event, outstanding traffic safety efforts were recognized through awards presented by Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Larry Noble. Wallace Hughes was presented with the Commissioner's Special Award for Traffic Safety, given to a member of the media.
Wallace Hughes was nominated for the award by Lt. Kelly Hindman, Iowa State Patrol District 7. Among the efforts for which she was cited were ongoing editorial coverage of traffic safety issues, The Messenger's support of Crime Stoppers, a special section dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Iowa State Patrol and her enrollment in and completion of the inaugural Fort Dodge/Webster County Citizen's Academy.