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Kentucky Police Officers Honored for Efforts to Curb Impaired Driving

Dec 16, 2014

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. 

WKU Public Radio

Law enforcement officers across Kentucky have boosted patrols for the Labor Day weekend, with a special emphasis on getting impaired drivers off the road. Trooper Michael Webb of the Public Affairs Branch of the Kentucky State Police says the campaign involves a zero tolerance patrol.