Law enforcement officers, agencies honored for impaired-driving enforcement
Ceremony salutes efforts to keep Kentucky roads safe
Date of News Release: 12/15/2016
FRANKFORT, KY. (Dec. 15, 2016) - The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) today honored 205 law enforcement officers from 175 agencies across the Commonwealth for their efforts to target impaired drivers.
The 2016 Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington. Awards were presented to officers with the most impaired-driving arrests in each agency.
Trooper Dustin Thompson received the DUI award on behalf of KSP Post 09. Thompson, a four-year veteran with KSP, is currently assigned to Martin, Magoffin, and Johnson Counties. “Trooper Thompson is passionate about arresting impaired drivers, and making the roadways a safer place. He is a great asset to Post 09 and very deserving of this award” said Post 09 Operation’s Lieutenant Donnie Shearer.
“We are honoring those who put their lives on the line each day to save the lives of others,” said KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle Hunter. “These officers, their departments and agencies render a great service for all Kentuckians, and on behalf of Governor Matt Bevin, we say thank you.”
Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders commended the aggressive enforcement and awareness efforts.
“Impaired driving is one of the deadliest crimes in this nation and it impacts thousands of innocent lives every day,” said Sanders. “Today is more than just receiving an award. It is about saving lives and that is what each of you do every time you arrest an impaired driver.”
Last year, more than 5,900 crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs in Kentucky resulted in more than 3,100 injuries and 162 fatalities.
The KOHS, Kentucky State Police and other law enforcement agencies are partnering for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday enforcement campaign Dec.15, 2016, through Jan. 1, 2017. The campaign is funded through NHTSA, which says high-visibility enforcement reduces impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.
NOTE TO EDITORS: A list of award winners can be viewed at 2016ImpairedDrivingAwardWinners.xlsx. Photos of award recipients can be viewed at http://transportation.ky.gov/Highway-Safety/Pages/dui_awards.aspx. Attached to this release is a picture of Trooper Thompson.