Officer Brian Gilliam
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KSP Honors Georgetown CVE Officer for Excellence in Highway Safety
Date of News Release: 02/25/2010
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police honored six members of their agency for outstanding effort to make Kentucky roadways 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.
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.
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 Simpson lives in Lexington and is the son of Sharon Simpson of Richmond, Ky. and Jack Simpson of Crab Orchard, Ky.
Commissioner Brewer thanked 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.