A sheriff's office in our area is tops in the nation when it comes to enforcing laws on the road.

The Amherst County Sheriff's Office is a first place winner in this year's law enforcement challenge, sponsored by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

The award recognizes outstanding traffic safety efforts.

Amherst deputies are strict about keeping law breakers off the road. They wrote more than 5,000 tickets last year for things like speeding, seat belt violations, and drunk driving.

"It's much broader than just speed enforcement," said Amherst County Sheriff Jimmy Ayers. "It's the education for the young people. Getting involved with the young people and providing activities that demonstrate to them what can happen in the event they abuse alcohol and drive."

The Wythe County Sheriff's Office and the Bedford Police Department are among the other local agencies that placed in this year's law enforcement challenge.