Though he'll tell you he's just doing his job, California Highway Patrol Officer Hector Tavares is considered an outstanding DUI officer by the San Diego chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Tavares, 36, was awarded the honor March 23 for, according to the plaque, contributing to MADD's mission of stopping drunken driving, supporting the victims and preventing underage drinking.
For Tavares, it's mostly about saving lives.
Many people think officers are all about making arrests, said Tavares, who works in the Highway Patrol's El Centro sector.
"It's not my intent to arrest but to save lives," he said.
"The satisfaction doesn't come from arresting people but in saving his (the drunken driver's) life or the lives of others who might get in his way," Tavares said.
Tavares finds satisfaction in knowing he's made a difference in his four-and-a-half-year career with the CHP.
While he doesn't work specifically in DUI prevention, looking for impaired drivers is part of Tavares' and every other Highway Patrol officer's job.