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The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety recently honored 206 law enforcement officers from 174 agencies across the commonwealth for their efforts to target impaired drivers.
Campbellsville Police Officer Scotty Perian was one of the 206.
Awards were presented to officers with the most impaired driving arrests in each agency and division at the annual Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards.
During the reporting period of Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013, Perian identified and arrested 35 impaired drivers.
“Impaired driving is not an accident - it’s an epidemic of careless disregard for human life,” KOHS Director Bill Bell said. “These officers, their departments and agencies render a great service for public safety by removing drunken and drugged drivers from our roads.”
Last year, Kentucky recorded more than 5,750 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in 146 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries.
“Public safety improves exponentially every time an impaired driver is removed from the roadway,” Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer said. “Were it not for the actions of these men and women, there would undoubtedly be more crashes, injuries or worse on our roadways.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one in three Americans will be impacted by a drunken driving crash in their lifetime.
To raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to alert the public of an increased enforcement presence during the holidays, the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign began Dec. 13 and will run through Jan. 1. This campaign is sponsored by NHTSA and the KOHS.
For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.