Hickory, KY (December 14, 2016) – The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety recently held its annual Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards ceremony in Lexington, KY. The event, which took place on December 13th, honored 205 law enforcement officers from 175 agencies across the Commonwealth for their efforts to target impaired drivers.
Statewide in 2015, more than 5,900 crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs in Kentucky resulted in more than 3,100 injuries and 162 fatalities. Kentucky State Police Post 1 made 485 DUI arrests from October 1st, 2015 through September 30th, 2016.
Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders commended the aggressive enforcement and awareness efforts.
“Impaired driving is one of the deadliest crimes in this nation and it impacts thousands of innocent lives every day,” said Sanders. “Today is more than just receiving an award. It is about saving lives and that is what each of you do every time you arrest an impaired driver.”
Locally, a Kentucky State Police Trooper from Fulton County was recognized for being the impaired driving enforcement leader for Kentucky State Police, Post 1. Trooper Paul Hale was recognized for making 56 impaired driving arrests from October 1st, 2015 through September 30th, 2016. Trooper Hale has been employed by the Agency since 2014 and is a native of Bardwell, KY in Carlisle County. Pictured with Trooper Hale is KSP Post 1 Lieutenant, Trent Weaver.