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Two Local Law Enforcement Officers Recognized for Impaired Driving Enforcement 

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (12/16/2014) – It is with great honor that the state of Kentucky (Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) recognizes two local law enforcement officers that have given their all to protect local drivers and local citizens from impaired drivers.

Overall, 193 Kentucky law enforcement officers were recognized for these efforts. Muhlenberg County officers recognized are Jamie Jenkins with the Central City Police Department and Jon McGehee with the Kentucky State Police Post 2.

The 2014 Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards ceremony was held at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. Awards were presented to officers with the most impaired driving arrests in each agency and division.

Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen commended the aggressive enforcement and awareness efforts to keep Kentucky roadways safe.

“Kentucky drivers are hearing the message loud and clear about the dangers of driving under the influence,” Lt. Gov. Luallen said. “However, we still have work to do because one alcohol-related crash is too many.”

According to the KOHS, last year Kentucky recorded more than 5,500 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in 138 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries. Over 440 of those crashes occurred in December, resulting in eight deaths and 239 injuries.

“Impaired driving is not an accident – it’s an epidemic of careless disregard for human life,” KOHS Executive 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.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one in three Americans will be impacted by a drunken driving crash in their lifetime. MADD President-Elect Colleen Sheehey-Church said the holidays are especially difficult for those who have lost loved ones to an impaired driver.

“A drunk driver killed my son Dustin 10 years ago,” Sheehey-Church said. “Telling his story to others allows us to help people understand that drunk driving has a profound impact on our neighborhoods, our towns, our states and our nation.”

Our local area citizens are honored to have Officer Jenkins and Trooper McGehee serving our community.

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.

J.L. Graham
KenCo News