Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Public Affairs Branch (502) 782-1780
Kentucky State Police to enjoy Highway Safety Day at Applebee's Park
Public invited to join KSP on Sunday for sporting afternoon
Date of News Release: 06/22/2006
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Kentucky State Police (KSP) employees and their families invite the public to join them for an afternoon of sporting entertainment and safety lessons as they celebrate KSP Highway Safety Day on Sunday at Applebee's Park.
Brig. Gen. Norman Arflack, Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, will throw out the first ball as the Lexington Legends take on the Asheville Tourists. He said that while the day is all about fun, he hopes the public will take advantage of the educational opportunities provided by the Kentucky State Police.
"The KSP day with the Legends is called Highway Safety Day for a reason," he said. "By combining a KSP safety event with this entertaining and successful baseball team, we hope to gain the attention of the public on the importance of staying safe on the road and in their communities. Especially with the long July 4 holiday approaching, we want to emphasize that it is possible to have fun and stay safe at the same time."
"The partnership with the Kentucky State Police and this program is another example of how much the Lexington Legends care," said Alan Stein, president and CEO of the Legends. "We see so many young people at Applebee's Park and we are committed to making sure that each of them understands that their safety is of paramount importance to us all and so simple to observe. We salute General Arflack and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet for their leadership in making our highways safer."
Many of the accoutrements of the law enforcement agency will be on display at the baseball park throughout the afternoon. Among these will be the rollover vehicle simulator, the special response team's armored vehicle, the hazardous device unit with its robot, and the KSP historical and specialized vehicle displays. KSP K-9 handlers and their animals will also attend.
Mark Miller, commissioner of the Kentucky State Police, said baseball fans should be sure to visit the new KSP drug education trailer.
"The Substance Abuse Information Center was designed by KSP to help educate the public about the devastating effects of drug abuse," said Miller. "The 40-foot trailer features a mock methamphetamine lab and marijuana grow, a video presentation of actual methamphetamine users, before-and-after images of actual drug users and a video loop of drug messages."
Miller said he also wants to remind motorists of their part in keeping law enforcement officers safe.
"Please remember to move over to the next lane when you see vehicles pulled over by law enforcement officers," he said. "It's a simple measure to protect our officers while they perform their duties on the road."
While the Legends vs. Tourists baseball game will be the featured event, a softball game featuring KSP softball tournament teams will also exhibit the athletic side of some troopers.
"I think members of the public will enjoy seeing their state troopers in uniforms other than the gray of the agency," said Miller. "Our officers and all our employees, along with their families and guests, certainly have earned a day of good sport, excellent food and great fellowship."
Kevin Kulp, general manager of the Lexington Legends, also welcomed the Legends/KSP partnership.
"The Lexington Legends are very excited about teaming up with the Kentucky State Police for Highway Safety Day," said Kulp. "It's the perfect time to remind our community to be safe when celebrating the Fourth of July with their families."
The softball game pitching Post 2 Madisonville, the KSP softball tournament winners, against the KSP All Stars begins at 3:45 p.m. The Legends vs. Tourists baseball game begins at 6:05 p.m.