TFC Michael Murriell
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 14, Ashland
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Ashland Trooper Receives Impaired Driving Enforcement Award
Date of News Release: 12/06/2012
(Ashland, KY) -- On December 5, 2012 The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) honored 197 law enforcement officers from 164 agencies across the Commonwealth for their efforts to target impaired drivers.
The 2012 Governor's Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards ceremony was held at the Galt House Hotel and Suites in Louisville. Awards were presented to officers with the most impaired driving arrests in each agency and division.
"Impaired driving is not an accident — it's an epidemic of careless disregard for human life," said KOHS Director Bill Bell, who presented the awards at the ceremony. "These officers, their departments and agencies render a great service for public safety by removing drunken and drugged drivers from our roads."
Last year, Kentucky recorded more than 5,600 crashes related to drugs and alcohol, resulting in 150 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries.
"Public safety improves exponentially every time an impaired driver is removed from the roadway," said Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "Were it not for the actions of these men and women, there would undoubtedly be more crashes, injuries or worse on our roadways."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1 in 3 Americans will be impacted by a drunken driving crash in his or her lifetime.
"Research shows high-visibility enforcement reduces impaired-driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent," said NHTSA Region III Law Enforcement Liaison Bill Tower. "While many people are getting the message, there are still too many who just don't understand that alcohol and driving are a fatal combination."
The officers on hand to be honored were to have included Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Rakes, who tied for highest number of impaired driving arrests within his agency. But Rakes died from gunshot wounds sustained during a Nov. 14 traffic stop. After a moment of silence, Rakes' award was accepted by Sheriff Jimmy Clements.
To raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to alert the public of an increased enforcement presence over the holidays, the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign will begin Dec. 14, 2012, and run through Jan. 1, 2013. This campaign is sponsored by NHTSA and the KOHS.
Locally, Trooper First Class Shane Goodall received this year's award for Post 14 which encompasses Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lawrence Counties. During 2012, Trooper Goodall arrested 38 individuals for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol / drugs.
"Trooper Goodall's work ethic to rid our communities of impaired drivers is a true representation of The Kentucky State Police and each Trooper at Post 14. The safety of our citizens is a priority for Trooper Goodall and this is evident by his accomplishment. This award is well deserved." said CPT Stephens, Commander of Post 14.