The Cincinnati Bengals received the Ohio State Highway Patrol's 2009 Partners for Safety Award on Wednesday.
Director Cathy Collins-Taylor, Ohio Department of Public Safety; Captain Kevin Teaford, Interim Superintendent, Ohio State Highway Patrol; and Lt. Randy McElfresh, Batavia Post Commander, Ohio State Highway Patrol were on hand to present the award to Bengals executive vice president Katie Blackburn.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol's Partners for Safety Award recognizes local level partnerships that help in the development of state and local programs to increase the overall safety on Ohio roadways.
In the past three NFL seasons, the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Batavia Post and Cincinnati Bengals have partnered to promote traffic safety to Bengals players, fans and the Cincinnati community.
The Patrol's Partners for Safety program involves developing partnerships at the local level with businesses, community groups, health and safety organizations, law enforcement agencies and schools. The Partners for Safety Award was established in 2005 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol to recognize how these partnerships help in the development of state and local programs to increase the overall safety on Ohio roadways.