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The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) honored 195 law enforcement officers from 177 agencies for their efforts to target impaired drivers at the Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards held Dec. 1 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington.  Among those receiving awards this year were West Liberty Police Department Officers Paul Perkins and Sheldon Perry.

“Impaired driving is one of America’s most-often-committed and deadliest crimes,” said KOHS Director Boyd Sigler, who presented the awards at the ceremony. “These officers, their departments and agencies render a great service for public safety by removing these dangerous drivers from our roads.”

In Kentucky, more than 5,000 alcohol-related crashes resulted in 160 deaths and more than 2,700 injuries in 2009.

 “Our law enforcement is making a difference, as our alcohol-related fatalities decreased last year compared to 2008,” said Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock. “However, there is still a great work to be done.  One fatality is too many.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 13,000 people across the nation are killed each year in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher.


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