KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
KSP Recognizes Troopers for Excellence in Highway Safety
Date of News Release: 01/29/08
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Kentucky State Police honored three of its outstanding troopers who went above and beyond the call of duty to make the highways a safer place. The awards were titled "Excellence in Highway Safety" and were based upon the highest number of occupant protection, speed and driving under the influence (DUI) citations written in 2007. An additional award was presented to the Public Affairs Officer who recorded the highest number of community education events relative to highway safety.
KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer presented the awards in a ceremony held at KSP headquarters on January 29, 2008.
"Traffic enforcement is paramount to this agency and has a direct impact on the highways by removing potential killers from the road. The troopers receiving awards today are to be commended for the lives they have helped to save," said Brewer.
KSP Trooper Chris Steward, from the Dry Ridge Post 6 received both the Speed and Occupant Protection Excellence in Highway Safety Award. Trooper Stewart wrote 4,466 speed citations and 1,144 occupant protection citations last year.
Dry Ridge Post Commander, Captain Mike Crawford said that Trooper Steward has decreased fatalities in his patrol area by 21 percent. He praised him for his dedication to saving lives on Kentucky's roadways.
"Trooper Steward is committed to reduction of traffic crashes and fatalities in his patrol area. Clearly, his dedication and number of enforcement contacts made a positive impression not only on those he encountered but also on the thousands of motorists that witnessed these efforts."
Trooper Chris Steward is an eight year veteran with KSP and serves at Post 6 Dry Ridge. During his service he has received the Commissioners Commendation. He is the son of Mike and Janet Steward of Burlington.
KSP Sergeant Steve Walker from London Post 11 received the Excellence in Highway Safety award for the highest number of DUI arrests in 2007. Sgt. Walker made 223 DUI arrests in his patrol area.
London Post Commander, Captain Jack Miniard commended Sgt. Walker for his work ethic and ability to mentor younger troopers by his example.
"Sergeant Steve Walker is unparalleled in his dedication to impaired driving enforcement. He is a twenty-two year Kentucky State Police veteran who continually strives to impact the lives of Kentuckians in a positive manner. He continues to educate and mentor other officers, and agencies, in impaired driving detection and safety," said Miniard.
Sgt. Walker currently serves Post 11 London and has also served at Richmond Post 7, Ashland Post 14 and Columbia Post 15. During his service he has received the Citation of Bravery, Meritorious Medal, two Commissioners Commendations and Trooper of the Year. He is married to Staci and they have four children, Stephen, Justin, Matthew and Katlyn.
KSP Trooper First Class Barry Meadows from Mayfield Post 1received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for Education by hosting 451 community education events relative to highway safety issues.
Mayfield Post Commander, Captain William Marks said that TFC Meadows is a model for what community police should be.
"Most people think that one person can't make a difference. Barry Meadows shows that by his tireless effort toward the entire post community, one person really can make a difference," said Marks.
Trooper Meadows has served at the Mayfield Post for eighteen years and recently was transferred to the Governor's Executive Security detail. During his service, he has received the Commissioners Commendation and the KSP Citation for Meritorious Service. He is married to Kathy and they have three children, Travis, Taylor and Madeline.
Commissioner Brewer thanked all three troopers 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 fatalities in Kentucky. They make a real contribution to keeping roadways safer throughout the state," he said.
"The men and women who serve this agency everyday by patrolling our roadways made an incredible impact in 2007. State-wide, KSP troopers wrote 88,801 speed citations, 47,404 seat belt/restraint citations, made 8,255 DUI arrest and provided our communities with 3,035 educational safety events pertaining to highway safety. All of these troopers 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.