Fred Doelker honored with the Richard H. Austin Long-Term Traffic Safety Award

March 24, 2016

Fred Doelker, Dean Transportation Director of Safety and Training, was honored during the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission (GTSAC) annual awards luncheon Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing for his distinguished career in traffic safety.

The commission honors organizations, programs and individuals for outstanding contributions to traffic safety.  The awards luncheon is part of the 21st Annual Michigan Traffic Safety Summit.  Eight Outstanding Traffic Safety Achievement awards and four long-term awards are being presented.

Doelker will receive the Richard H. Austin Long-Term Traffic Safety Award, which is presented to individuals or organizations who have made significant long-term contributions to the field of traffic safety.

He has been a dedicated traffic safety advocate for more than 30 years. Doelker began as a community safety coordinator for the Auto Club Group in 1978, providing traffic safety and injury prevention education and consulting for communities and schools.  He instructed programs on driver improvement, teen distracted driving and bicycle and pedestrian safety. 

Doelker is a Child Passenger Safety (CPS) expert and spokesperson.  He has taught CPS certification classes and served as a senior checker at car seat inspections.  Parents and caregivers throughout the state have learned important safety information thanks to his efforts. 

During his time at AAA in Traverse City, Doelker helped create the Safe Kids North Shore Coalition.  He also was instrumental in developing Chill Out for Winter Safety, a program that has been shared with more than 7,000 students and earned a Governor’s Hometown Health Hero Award.

Doelker was hired in 2011 as safety and training director for Dean Transportation, one of the largest privately owned transportation companies in the United States.   

The GTSAC was formed in 2002 to serve as the state’s forum for identifying key traffic safety challenges and developing and implementing plans to address those issues.  The GTSAC includes representatives from the departments of: Education, Health and Human Services, State, State Police and Transportation, as well as Office of the Governor, Office of Services to the Aging and Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.  There are also three representatives from local government appointed by the governor.