Trooper Kendra Wilson
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 12, Frankfort
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Frankfort Troopers Receive Highway Safety Awards
Date of News Release: 04/17/2012
(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.
Trooper First Class (TFC) Ron Turley and Trooper Eddie Whitworth from the Frankfort Post were award recipients.
Trooper First Class (TFC) Ron Turley is a twenty-five year veteran from the Frankfort Post and received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for Community Education by hosting 369 educational programs relating to highway safety issues.
Frankfort Post Commander, Lt. Jerry Wise, was not surprised that Turley received the award for community education.
"TFC Turley takes great pride in educating the citizens of the Commonwealth in highway safety. For the past several years he has taught AAA Driving classes, Alive at 25, Community and business programs. These classes teach drivers how to improve their driving skills and help mature drivers be more comfortable behind the wheel," says Wise.
"Turley has a great passion for educating youth and seniors in methods to increase their safety while driving."
Turley resides in Lexington with his wife Edith. He has two children Jaslynn and Brittany.
Tpr. Eddie Whitworth is a three-year veteran from the Frankfort Post and received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for highest number of DUI Arrests. Trooper Whitworth made 215 DUI arrests in 2011.
Lt. Wise said Whitworth's accomplishments in DUI detection are outstanding.
"There is no doubt that he has played a major part of our reduction in DUI related fatalities in the Post 12 area. He is to be commended for his diligence in making our highways safer," says Wise.
Whitworth resides in Shelbyville with his wife Tammy and son Alston. He is the son of Linda Whitworth of Louisville, Ky.
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. Jason Young (Speed); 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.