FRANKFORT – Sixteen Kentucky State Troopers and six Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers have received Governor’s Occupant Protection Awards for their efforts to increase the use of seat belts and child restraints in motor vehicles.
The awards are based on the number of seat belt and child restraint citations issued in each KSP post or CVE region area. The recipients include: Post 1 – Sr. Tpr. Nathan Clinkenbeard; Post 2 – Det. Craig Engler; Post 3- Tpr. Ashcon Karbasi; Post 4 – Tpr. Jonathan Downs; Post 5 – Tpr. Barrett Brewer; Post 6: Tpr. Zach Alsip; Post 7: Tpr. Toney Allen; Post 8: Tpr. Britt Rollins; Post 9: Tpr. Justin Wireman; Post 10: TFC Jason Scott Young; Post 11: TFC Sean Dixson; Post 12: Tpr. Stuart Wiser; Post 13: Tpr. Jeff McWhorter; Post 14: Tpr. Timothy Duvall; Post 15: Tpr. Charles Hedgespeth; Post 16: Tpr. David Ammon; Region 1: Ofr. John Sweeney; Region 2: Sgt. Dewayne Koch; Region 3: Sgt. Daniel Abner; Region 4: Ofr. Mark Scott; Region 5: Sgt. Doug Stacy; Region 6: Lt. Nathaniel Day.
Tpr. Barrett Brewer, of Post 5 in Campbellsburg, led the agency with 812 citations. A four-and-a-half-year veteran of the agency, Brewer is a resident of LaGrange.
“These officers render a great service for public safety by enforcing our occupant protection laws,” said Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton. “They are literally our eyes on the road and because of them, Kentucky’s roadways are safer.”
There were 761 total highway fatalities in Kentucky in 2015, with 588 killed in motor vehicles. Of those 588 fatalities, 300 (61 percent) were not wearing a seat belt.
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, a properly installed, belt-positioning booster seat lowers the risk of injury to children by nearly 60 percent, compared with seat belts alone.