FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 7, 2014) — The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) today honored 137 law enforcement officers from 119 agencies across the Commonwealth for their efforts to increase the use of seat belts and child restraints in motor vehicles.
Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office receives his awardTwo from Lawrence County were recognized, Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. Steven Wilburn with the Louisa Police Department.
The fourth annual Governor’s Occupant Protection Awards ceremony was held at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. Awards were presented to officers with the most occupant protection citations in each agency and division. There are six divisions, broken down by number of officers within the agency, plus a division for Kentucky State Police.
“Despite a wealth of data showing that seat belts and child restraints save lives, each year hundreds of unrestrained motorists lose their lives on Kentucky roadways,” KOHS Director Bill Bell said before presenting the awards. “These officers, their Sgt. Steven Wilburn with the Louisa Police Department receives his award.departments and agencies render a great service for public safety by enforcing our occupant protection laws.”
There were 638 highway fatalities in Kentucky in 2013, with 483 killed in motor vehicles. Of those 483 fatalities, 278 were not wearing a seat belt.
“Kentucky’s seat belt usage rate increased with the passage of the primary law from 67.2 percent in 2006 to 85 percent in 2013,” Bell said. “It’s obvious that law enforcement is making a difference. However, there is still a great deal of work to be done — one fatality is too many.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts, 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, child restraints reduce the risk of fatal injuries by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars, and by 58 percent and 59 percent, respectively, in light trucks.
August 12, 2014;
Anthony Damron is shown with State Highway Engineer Steve Waddell, who is presenting him with a certification in recognition of his scholarship award. Photo of Ethan Erwin not available.PIKEVILLE – August 11, 2014 – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced today that Anthony Damron and Ethan Kyle Erwin have been awarded KYTC scholarships to the University of Kentucky and Big Sandy Community and Technical College, respectively.
Damron, a 2009 graduate of Shelby Valley High School, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at UK. He was awarded a full scholarship, currently valued at $47,600. Part of the scholarship program is the opportunity to work for the Cabinet during the summer months as well a guaranteed full-time employment upon graduation. Students are chosen on the basis of high school performance, ACT scores, aptitude in math and science, and interest in engineering as a career. This scholarship was established by the Cabinet in 1948 and has been awarded to more than 1700 exceptional students from around the state. Damron is a son of Donna and Keith Damron of Lexington, formerly of Dorton.
Erwin, a 2011 graduate of Lawrence County High School, is pursuing an Associate of Science in Civil Engineering at BSCTC. He was awarded a full scholarship for the two-year program, currently valued at $11,000. Like Damron, he was chosen on the basis of high school performance, ACT scores, aptitude in math and science, and interest in engineering as a career. The Cabinet established this scholarship in 2009.
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