Officer Jared Newberry
Public Affairs Officer
CVE Regional Office
Kentucky State Police
3545 Roger E. Schupp Street
Louisville, KY 40205
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CVE Inspector Receives Highway Safety Award
Date of News Release: 04/19/2012
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - It's not often that law enforcement gets thanked for the work they've done for highway safety. In fact, usually it's the opposite. But today, several received much needed thanks and congratulations as Kentucky State Police honored eight members of their agency who went above and beyond the call of duty to make the highways safer. The "Excellence in Highway Safety" Awards are based upon the highest number of occupant protection, speed, driving under the influence (DUI), commercial motor vehicle (CMV) citations written and educational programs provided during 2011.
KSP Lt. Col. Leslie Gannon presented the awards in a ceremony held at KSP headquarters on April 17, 2012.
"Traffic enforcement blended with public education has a direct impact on the highways by removing dangerous drivers from the road and providing consistent traffic safety messaging to the public. The individuals receiving awards today are to be commended for the lives they have helped to save," says Gannon.
Inspector Wesley Garmon is a two-year veteran from the Louisville Region and received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for highest Vehicle Out-of-Service rate by a civilian. Garmon had a vehicle out of service percentage of 85.9 percent in 2011.
Garmon resides in Allen County and is the son Judy Garmon and the late Michael Garmon of Adolphus, Ky.
Region Commander, Capt. Daniel Pearman says Garmon's meticulous attention to detail and steadfast work ethic have allowed him to recognize numerous commercial vehicle safety violations.
"Insp. Garmon's job is not an easy one, but it is vital to public safety efforts on Kentucky highways. By removing unsafe vehicles from the roads, Garmon contributes to the reduction in highway fatalities," says Pearman.
Lt. Col. Gannon 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 impact on reducing deaths in Kentucky. They make a real contribution to keeping roadways safer throughout the state," she said.
Other recipients were Tpr. Nathan Clinkenbeard (Occupant Protection); Tpr. Ron Turley (Community Education); Tpr. Jason Young (Speed); Tpr. Eddie Whitworth (DUI); Ofr. Randy Ferrell (CMV Highest # of Safety Inspections); Insp. William Moore (Safety Inspections); and Ofr. Anthony Bersaglia (CMV Enforcement).
"The men and women who serve this agency every day by patrolling our roadways made an incredible impact in 2011. Statewide, KSP troopers and CVE officers wrote 75,993 speed citations, 39,961 seat belt/restraint citations, 32,260 CMV citations, made 7,404 DUI arrests and provided local communities with 3,130 educational programs pertaining to public safety. All of these officers are to be commended," added Gannon.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.