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OFFICIAL KENTUCKY STATE
POLICE NEWS RELEASE
For More Information Contact:
Capt. David Jude
KSP Troopers & CVE Officers Recognized For Impaired Driving Arrests
Date of News Release: 12/10/2008
(Frankfort, Ky.) - One Kentucky State Police sergeant, 17 troopers and two Commercial Vehicle Officers were among a group of 183 Kentucky law enforcement officers from 161 agencies recognized on Dec. 4 at the 2008 Governor's Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards ceremony in Lexington.
"As of December 7, preliminary reports show that 161 people have lost their lives this year on Kentucky roads in crashes involving alcohol," notes Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "Traffic enforcement efforts have a direct impact on this problem by taking potential killers off the road. The officers receiving these awards are to be commended for the lives they have helped to save," he adds.
The troopers and officers accounted for a total of 1,471 impaired driving arrests during the past year. Those honored included:
Kentucky has a zero tolerance policy regarding driving while impaired. Even first time offenders face immediate arrest. There are no warnings or second chances. Arrest and conviction on impaired driving violations can result in court costs, legal fees, higher auto insurance rates, fines, loss of license and even imprisonment.
According to the Kentucky State Police, impairment can begin with the first drink. Impaired drivers are more likely to exceed the speed limit and less likely to wear seat belts, so the resulting crashes and injuries are often more severe and damaging.
"Impaired driving continues to be the most frequently committed violent crime in the U.S.," says Brewer, "and, unfortunately, it tends to increase during holiday periods. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is no accident. It is a conscious choice that frequently has deadly consequences. I urge all citizens of the Commonwealth to make the right choice and the safe choice this holiday season and throughout the year. Find alternate transportation, use a designated driver or don't consume any amount of alcohol if you intend or need to drive. Give the gift of life this holiday season."
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