Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Honors Officers For Excellence in Highway Safety
Date of News Release: 02/26/2010
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police honored six members of their agency who displayed exemplary effort to make Kentucky Highways safer. The "Excellence in Highway Safety" awards are based upon the highest number of occupant protection, speed, driving under the influence (DUI) and commercial vehicle citations written in 2009. An additional award was presented to the Public Affairs Officer who recorded the highest number of community education events relative to highway safety.
Justice Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown and KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer presented the awards in a ceremony held at KSP headquarters on February 25, 2010.
"Traffic enforcement is paramount to this agency and has a direct impact on making highways safer for motorists. The individuals receiving awards today are to be commended for the lives they have helped to save," said Brewer.
Trooper Richard Ellis is a 4-year veteran from the Campbellsburg Post and received both the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for highest number of speed and occupant protection citations. Trooper Ellis wrote 2,001 speed and 469 occupant protection citations in 2009.
Campbellsburg Post Commander, Capt. Dean Hayes, praised Trooper Ellis for his dedication to saving lives on Kentucky's roadways.
"Trooper Ellis is very deserving of these awards and works hard every day to ensure the safety of those traveling through the Commonwealth," said Hayes.
Trooper Steve Smallwood is a 4-year veteran from the London Post and received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for the highest number of DUI arrests in 2009. Trooper Smallwood made 161 DUI arrests in his patrol area.
London Post Commander, Capt. Lisa Rudzinski, commended Trooper Smallwood for his work ethic and dedication to removing impaired drivers from the road.
"Trooper Smallwood has demonstrated his commitment to keeping roadways safe by vigorously enforcing Kentucky's impaired driving laws. I congratulate Trooper Smallwood for earning this award and commend him for a job well done," said Rudzinski.
Trooper Dean Patterson is a 9-year veteran from the Mayfield Post and received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for Education by hosting 490 community education events relative to highway safety issues.
Mayfield Post Commander, Capt. Nathan Kent, was not surprised that Patterson received the award for community education.
"Trooper Dean Patterson is a true leader who has worked tirelessly to insure highway safety programs are implemented in the local area. This is vital to our agency in reducing traffic deaths and we are very proud of Trooper Patterson for his accomplishments," said Kent.
The KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) division awards were based on the number of safety inspections administered, percentage of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) deemed out of service as a result of inspections and total number of CMV citations.
Officer Michael Simpson is a 6-year veteran from the Georgetown Region and received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for highest number of CMV citations by a sworn officer. Simpson issued 1,905 CMV citations for the 2009 year. Simpson also received the award for total number of CMV Safety inspections accounting for 2,020 total inspections.
CVE Commander, Sgt. Jonathan Blevins said Officer Simpson's work ethic, enthusiasm and dedication are unmatched.
"His hard work and perseverance have set a higher standard for commercial truck compliance and driver safety in the Commonwealth," said Blevins.
Officer Glenn Perry is a 4-year veteran from the Louisville Region and received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for highest percentage of CMV 'Out of Service' inspections for driver and vehicle. Perry received an out of service percentage of 83.7% for the 2009 year.
CVE Commander, Lt. Daniel Pearman commended Perry for the work he performs on a daily basis.
"Officer Perry is an excellent officer and leads by example. He has become a vital resource for highway safety and I am proud to have him serving our agency."
Inspector William Williams is an 8-year veteran from the Morehead Region and received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for highest percentage of CMV 'Out of Service' inspections by a civilian employee for driver and vehicle. Williams received an out of service percentage of 45.1% for the 2009 year.
CVE Commander, Capt. Phillip Frazier commended Inspector Williams for the success the Morehead Region has experienced.
"This is not a task Inspector Williams takes lightly. By removing the unsafe commercial vehicles on Kentucky highways, Inspector Williams has saved numerous families from property damage, bodily injury and more severe tragedies," said Frazier.
Commissioner Brewer thanked all the award recipients for their desire to save lives and make the Commonwealth safer for Kentuckians.
"We have a group of officers who go beyond what is normally expected of them and we want to show them how much we appreciate what they do. Their efforts have a direct correlation with the reduction in highway deaths in Kentucky. They make a colossal contribution to keeping roadways safer throughout the state," he said.
"The men and women who serve this agency every day by patrolling our roadways made an incredible impact in 2009. State-wide, KSP troopers and CVE officers wrote 85,609 speed citations; 39,001 seat belt/restraint citations; 45,259 CMV citations; made 7,455 DUI arrests and provided local communities with 5,643 educational programs pertaining to highway safety. All of these officers are to be commended," added Brewer.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.