State police awards officers for education programs, citations

Kentucky State Police honored eight employees with Excellence in Highway Safety awards.

Trooper First Class Ron Turley, of Lexington, a 25-year veteran from the Frankfort post, received the Excellence in Highway Safety Award for Community Education by hosting 369 educational programs.

Trooper Eddie Whitworth, of Shelbyville, a three-year veteran from the Frankfort post, received the award for highest number of DUI arrests. He made 215 such arrests last year.

Others honored were trooper Nathan Clinkenbeard, who received the award for occupant protection; trooper Jason Young, who received the award for speeding citations; officer Randy Ferrell, who was honored for highest number of commercial motor-vehicle safety inspections; inspector William Moore, who received the safety inspections award; and officer Anthony Bersaglia, who received the award for commercial motor-vehicle enforcement.

State troopers and commercial vehicle-enforcement officers wrote 75,993 speeding citations, 39,961 seat-belt and restraint citations, 32,260 commercial motor-vehicle citations, made 7,404 DUI arrests and presented 3,130 educational programs last year, according to the news release.