Trooper Robert Purdy
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Kentucky State Police
Post 7, Richmond
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Richmond Post Trooper Receives Highway Safety Award
Date of News Release: 07/30/2012
(FRANKFORT, Ky ) -- On Thursday, July 26, 2012, The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) honored 126 law enforcement officers from 123 agencies across the Commonwealth for their efforts to increase the use of seat belts and child restraints. The second annual Governor’s Occupant Protection Awards ceremony was held at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown Hotel. Awards were presented to officers with the most occupant protection citations in each agency and division.
There are six divisions, broken down according to the number of officers within the agency, plus a division for Kentucky State Police. Senior Trooper John Scott Felder, was the award receipient for the Kentucky State Police Richmond Post . The Richmond Post was recognized by the Kentucky Booster Seat Coalition as "Child Safety Heros" by issuing the most booster seat citations of any department during the recorded time frame.
"Despite a wealth of data showing that seat belts and child restraints save lives, each year hundreds of unrestrained motorists lose their lives on Kentucky roadways," said KOHS Director Bill Bell, who presented the awards. "These officers, their departments and agencies render a great service for public safety by enforcing our occupant protection laws." There were 721 total highway fatalities in Kentucky in 2011 with 576 killed in motor vehicles. Fifty-eight percent of those killed in motor vehicles were not wearing a seat belt. "Our law enforcement is making a difference, as Kentucky’s seat belt usage rate increased by 1.5 percentage points in 2012 – to 83.7 percent from 82.2 percent in 2011," said Bell. "However, there is still a great deal of work to be done. One fatality is too many."
"Trooper Felder has committed himself to reducing fatalities in his patrol area ," commented Richmond Post Commander, Captain Lisa Rudzinski, "His efforts are to be commended and bring great credit to Richmond Post and the Kentucky State Police." "I am also pleased the personnel of our post took such a proactive stance on booster seat violations . Their efforts to improve child safety seat use have a lifesaving impact."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts, when worn correctly, are proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45 percent – and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans. Also according to NHTSA, child restraints reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars and by 58 percent and 59 percent, respectively, in light trucks.
For more information, visit http://highwaysafety.ky.gov.