Sergeant Richard P. Saint-Blancard
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
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:
- Tpr. Jason Clark, Post 1 Mayfield, 69 arrests
- Tpr. Derek Smith, Post 2 Madisonville, 86 arrests
- Tpr. Jason Lanham, Post 3 Bowling Green, 38 arrests
- Tpr. Jonathan Vaughn, Post 4 Elizabethtown, 97 arrests
- Tpr. Justin Sams, Post 5 Campbellsburg, 98 arrests
- Tpr. David Holland, Post 6 Dry Ridge, 32 arrests
- Tpr. Robert Purdy, Post 7 Richmond, 55 arrests
- Tpr. Richard McPherson, Post 8 Morehead, 51 arrests
- Tpr. Ryan Hamilton, Post 9 Pikeville, 49 arrests
- Tpr.Derek Sturgill, Post 9 Pikeville, 49 arrests
- Tpr. Jason Young, Post 10 Harlan, 95 arrests
- Sgt. Steve Walker, Post 11 London, 196 arrests
- Tpr. Bernis Napier, Post 12 Frankfort, 71 arrests
- Tpr. Chris Frazier, Post 13, 40 arrests
- Tpr. Jacqualine Pickrell, Post 13 Hazard, 40 arrests
- Tpr. Shane Goodall, Post 14 Ashland, 41 arrests
- Tpr. Daniel Stephens, Post 15 Columbia, 41 arrests
- Tpr. Mitch Hampton, Post 16 Henderson, 123 arrests
- Officer Keith Armstrong, CVE West, 52 arrests
- Officer Michael Hamblin, CVE East, 148 arrests.
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."