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Governor's Highway Safety Program Recognizes Top
Impaired Driving Enforcement Officer and Agencies

(FRANKFORT, KY) - Trooper Robert Hatcher and Trooper Jason Manar recently joined Law enforcement officers and agencies from across the state who were recognized for outstanding achievement at the 2002 Governor's Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards ceremony held on December 10, 2002 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lexington.

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Patrick N. Simpson and Terrance Parker, Program Manager for Region IV of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, presented awards to 193 officers and 16 law enforcement agencies for their extraordinary efforts in reducing impaired driving. The award recipients are collectively responsible for approximately 35,825 impaired driving arrests during the past year.

"The commitment and dedication of these individuals and agencies is admirable," said KSP Commissioner Simpson. "Their efforts have a direct impact on reducing alcohol-related collisions and fatalities in Kentucky. They make a real contribution to keeping roadways safer throughout the state."

Motorists can help save lives by reporting erratic drivers to the KSP hotline 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.

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Trooper Hatcher earned the right to represent the Mayfield Post at the ceremony by making the most impaired driver arrests during the reporting period. Trooper Hatcher is a 7-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police.

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Trooper Manar recently transferred to the Mayfield Post from the Bowling Green Post. Trooper Manar, a 2-year veteran of the agency, earned the right to represent the Bowling Green Post at the ceremony by making the most impaired driver arrests during the reporting period.

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