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Officers from Northern Kentucky among those honored by KOHS for targeting impaired drivers

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) Wednesday honored more than 200 law enforcement officers from 175 agencies across the Commonwealth for their efforts to target impaired drivers.

The 2018 Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington. Awards were presented to officers with the most impaired-driving arrests in each agency and Highway Safety All-Star awards were presented to the top three in each division.

Division winners from Northern Kentucky included Specialist Doug Ullrich of the Covington Police Department, who received a first-place award for departments with more than 100 officers. Aaron Arnsperger from the Fort Wright Police Department and Officer Carl Harris from the Campbell County Police Department received second-place awards in their respective categories.

DUI 2018 Division Award Winners (click to enlarge)

Several other Northern Kentucky law enforcement officers received individual recognition.

“Today is more than just receiving an award,” said KOHS Acting Director Jason Siwula. “It is about saving lives and that is what each of you do every time you arrest an impaired driver.”

According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, last year in Kentucky, there were 5,350 crashes related to impaired driving, resulting in 2,781 injuries and 154 fatalities.

“One fatality is one too many,” said Siwula.  “We will continue to support law enforcement efforts to remove impaired drivers from our roads, including providing federal funds for additional enforcement during this holiday season.”

Kentucky Office of Highway Safety

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