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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

KSP Honors Officers For Excellence In Highway Safety

Date of News Release: 02/24/09

This photo depicts award recipients. Back Row: Sgt. Derris Hedger; Sgt. Steve Walker; Trooper First Class Walt Meachum and Trooper Chris Steward. Front Row: Officer Glenn Perry; Officer Travis Rogers and Inspector Marty Young. Not pictured: Officer Anthony Bersaglia).

(Frankfort, Ky.) - Kentucky State Police honored eight members of their agency who went above and beyond the call of duty to make the highways in the Commonwealth a safer place. The "Excellence in Highway Safety" Awards are based upon the highest number of occupant protection, speed, driving under the influence (DUI) and commercial vehicle citations written in 2008. An additional award was presented to the Public Affairs Officer who recorded the highest number of community education events relative to highway safety.

KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer presented the awards in a ceremony held at KSP headquarters on February 24, 2009.

"Traffic enforcement is paramount to this agency and has a direct impact on the highways by removing dangerous drivers and vehicles from the road. The individuals receiving awards today are to be commended for the lives they have helped to save," said Brewer.

Trooper Chris Steward is a 9-year veteran from the Dry Ridge Post and received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for highest number of speed citations. Trooper Stewart wrote 2,339 speed citations in 2008.

Dry Ridge Post Commander, Capt. Keith Craycraft, praised Trooper Steward for his dedication to saving lives on Kentucky's roadways.

"Trooper Steward's efforts to reduce crashes, prevent injuries and save lives have been nothing short of extraordinary," said Craycraft.

Sergeant Steve Walker is a 26-year veteran from the London Post and received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for the highest number of DUI arrests in 2008. Sgt. Walker made 185 DUI arrests in his patrol area.

London Post Commander, Capt. Lisa Rudzinski, commended Sgt. Walker for his work ethic and dedication to removing impaired drivers from the road.

"Sgt. Walker has made Kentucky's roadways a safer place to travel as a result of his vigorous impaired driving enforcement efforts," said Rudzinski.

Trooper First Class Walt Meachum is a 17-year veteran from the Harlan Post and received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for Education by hosting 484 community education events relative to highway safety issues.

Harlan Post Commander, Capt. John Bradley, was not surprised that Meachum received the award for community education.

"Walt has a tremendous commitment to his job and in particular, to his role in educating the younger people in the post area about the hazards of unsafe driving and the necessity of using occupant protection devices," said Bradley. "He understands that the strategic plan crafted for KSP includes not only a significant enforcement component, but also an equally important education aspect," added Bradley.

Sgt. Derris Hedger is a 9-year veteran from the Campbellsburg Post and received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for occupant protection. Trooper Hedger wrote 1,514 seat belt citations in 2008.

Campbellsburg Post Commander, Capt. Dean Hayes said that the post area had a 50 percent reduction in fatalities compared to 2007.

"Sgt. Hedger is very deserving of this award as he is largely responsible for this reduction through his vigilant enforcement of Kentucky's occupant protection laws," added Hayes.

The KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) division awards were based on the number of safety inspections administered, percentage of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) deemed out of service as a result of inspections and total number of CMV citations.

Officer Anthony Bersaglia is a 4-year veteran from the Pikeville CVE Region and received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for highest number of CMV citations. Bersaglia issued 1,904 CMV citations for the 2008 year.

Capt. Brian Howard said Officer Bersaglia's work ethic, enthusiasm and dedication are unmatched.

"Anthony has the reputation among his colleagues as the officer who sets the standard by which all others are measured," said Howard.

Officer Travis Rogers is a 9-year veteran from the London CVE Region and received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for highest number of CMV safety inspections. Rogers performed 1,034 CMV inspections for the 2008 year.

Capt. David Marcum stated that Travis Rogers is one of the hardest working officers in his division.

"I'm very proud of Officer Rogers as he continually strives to make Kentucky's roads safer for everyone. Travis is a credit to the division and represents the Commonwealth with pride," added Marcum.

Officer Glenn Perry is a 3-year veteran from the Louisville CVE Region and received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for highest percentage of CMV 'Out of Service' inspections. Perry received an out of service percentage of 31.7 for the 2008 year.

Capt. Greg Jenkins commended Perry for the work he performs on a daily basis. "Officer Perry's professionalism is evident in the quality of his work. It is great to see him recognized for his contribution to the safety of Kentucky's highways."

Inspector Marty Young is an 11-year veteran from the Georgetown CVE Region and received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for highest percentage of CMV 'Out of Service' inspections by a civilian employee. Young received an out of service percentage of 21.5 for the 2008 year.

Capt. Brandon Eggen commended Investigator Young for the success the Georgetown Region has experienced.

"Inspector Young has an eye for detail and his work ethic is admirable. I am certain that his contributions have made a significant impact on highway safety in the Commonwealth," said Eggen.

Commissioner Brewer 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 fatalities in Kentucky. They make a real contribution to keeping roadways safer throughout the state," he said.

"The men and women who serve this agency every day by patrolling our roadways made an incredible impact in 2008. State-wide, KSP troopers and CVE officers wrote 117,706 speed citations, 42,518 seat belt/restraint citations, 46,006 CMV citations, made 8,693 DUI arrests and provided local communities with 3,076 educational programs pertaining to highway safety. All of these officers are to be commended," added Brewer.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free 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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