Hundreds of police officers at the local and state level are being honored for their efforts to stop impaired driving in Kentucky.
The Office of Highway Safety's annual awards ceremony was held in Lexington Tuesday.
Bill Bell, director of Kentucky's Office of Highway Safety, says the number of highway fatalities is on the decline. He says the state has seen about a three percent drop over the last three years. Bell says 400 officers are being honored for their enforcement efforts.
"You know, they don't get paid a whole lot of money and it's a dangerous job, so we want to recognize them for doing the work they do," said Bell.
While police tactics are being scrutinized nationally, keynote speaker Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen says many officers are doing what's right.
Kentucky judges could order breathalyzers installed into the vehicles of drunk driving offenders under a bill approved Wednesday in the House Judiciary Committee.
Under current law, some DUI offenders qualify for hardship licenses. Those allow the offender to drive to and from specified locations at limited times—such as work and school—even though their regular drivers license has been suspended.
The bill would give judges the option of instead installing an Ignition Interlock Device in the offenders vehicle. Before starting the vehicle, the driver would have to breathe into the device. If the device detects that the driver has a heightened blood alcohol level, the engine won't ignite.
The bill would also require random breath samples from the driver after the engine has been started.
State Rep. Curry Todd's arraignment on drunken driving and weapons charges has been delayed until next week. The Collierville Republican was arrested in October after failing a roadside sobriety test. A loaded .38-caliber gun was found stuffed in a holster between the driver's seat and center console.