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Post 2 Trooper Receives Award for Occupant Protection Enforcement

Date of News Release: 08/04/2015

Madisonville, KY. - The fifth annual Governor's Occupant Protection Awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington. KSP Post 2 Trooper Luis R. Palmer was honored for his efforts to increase the use of seatbelts and child restraints in motor vehicles. Trooper Palmer issued 317 citations for the enforcement period of June 11, 2014 through June 10, 2015.

Trooper Palmer, who is a collision reconstructionist, is an 8-year veteran of the KSP and is assigned to Christian County.

There were 672 highway fatalities in Kentucky in 2014, with 521 killed in motor vehicles. Of those 521 fatalities, 61 percent (319) were not wearing a seatbelt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seatbelts, when worn correctly, are proven to reduce the risk of fatal injuries to front-seat occupants by 45 percent – and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans. Also according to NHTSA, a properly installed belt-positioning booster seat lowers the risk of injury to children by nearly 60 percent, compared with seatbelts alone.