Law enforcement honored for keeping drunk drivers off the road
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) recognized more than 200 law enforcement officers Thursday from more than 180 agencies across Kentucky for their work keeping drunk drivers off the roads.
The awards were given at the annual Governors Impaired Driving Enforcement ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington.
Officers with the most impaired-driving arrests in each agency were given an award. The top three in each division received Highway Safety All-Star awards.
It is important work. KOHS says data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting system show last year there were 4,742 crashes related to impaired driving in Kentucky, resulting in 2,415 injuries and 124 deaths.
That’s a decrease from 2017 when there were 5,350 reported crashes related to impaired driving, resulting in 2,781 injuries and 154 deaths.
KOHS says it will continue its work by partnering with Kentucky State Police and local law enforcement for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday enforcement campaign.
Officers will watch for violations, especially impaired driving, on Dec. 13, 2019 through Jan. 1, 2020.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds the campaign. KOHS says the administration reports such enforcement reduces impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.
See names and photos of award winners here.