Drive Smart Colorado executive Maile Gray receives Spirit of the Springs Award

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Mayor John Suthers presented the Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award to Maile Gray, executive director of Drive Smart Colorado, during a surprise presentation at the annual Drive Smart High School Traffic Safety Challenge kick-off Thursday (Oct. 18). Gray was honored for her longtime dedication to traffic safety, particularly in the Pikes Peak region.

“Maile is known for her outstanding leadership and tireless efforts to educate our community about safe driving, something we all need to take to heart more seriously every day,” said Mayor Suthers. “For more than two decades, she has been the consummate voice of reason for traffic safety in our community, and her commitment truly reflects the Spirit of the Springs. It is an honor to recognize her efforts with this award.”

The executive director of Drive Smart Colorado since 1997, Gray has been instrumental in several key initiatives, including the High School Traffic Safety Challenge, which has increased the use of seatbelts amongst students from its lowest of 64.9 percent to 81.1 percent and growing; the Seatbelt Challenge; and the state-wide publication of the “Colorado Guide for Aging Drivers,” now in its fourth edition. She has also helped grow and strengthen the Pikes Peak Regional DUI Taskforce and is a certified child passenger safety car seat technician and trainer, and a CarFIT vehicle safety technician and trainer for older drivers.

The Office of the Mayor welcomes the opportunity to recognize exceptional individuals and organizations within the City of Colorado Springs with a Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award. These awards are presented to recipients by the Mayor or an official designee to honor them for outstanding achievements. For more information, visit