Trooper David Jones
Kentucky State Police
Post 6, Dry Ridge
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KSP Post 6 Trooper Honored For Excellence In Highway Safety
Date of News Release: 02/25/09
This photo depicts An image of left to right is Post 6 Captain Keith Craycraft; Trooper Chris Steward; KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer
(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 2,939 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.
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.
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).