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.
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.”
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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