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Kentucky State Police Post 4 Senior Trooper Eric Hines was recognized Wednesday afternoon as the recipient of two awards for enforcing seat belt and child restraint usage.
Hines earned the Occupant Protection Enforcement award, for Post 4 and for the state, for “life-saving achievement in reducing highway fatalities and injuries,” as written on the plaques.
Lt. Jeremy Thompson said Post 4 and other KSP posts throughout the state are involved in the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.
Each post nominates someone from their agency with high activity to be present at an awards presentation and be recognized for the state award, which honors the trooper with the highest activity throughout the past year.
The awards are given annually, typically in August. Hines was out of town and unable to attend the awards ceremony so he was unaware of the state honor until Wednesday when Thompson presented him with the award.
“It’s an honor to receive an award like this,” Hines said. “I had no idea I would get the state award. I was just trying to do my best to make sure everyone is being safe out there.”
Hines wrote 350 citations to drivers not wearing a seat belt or using proper child restraints during the past year.
“It’s our job to make sure they’re staying safe out here,” Hines said. “I really think it starts with your seat belt before you start to get out on the road.”
No one in Post 4 has ever received the state award. Hines has been with KSP for 14 years.
“It’s an honor for a member of the Kentucky State Police just to win it in general with our dwindling numbers but especially for us locally,” Thompson said, “It enhances public safety when you go out and target something such as seat belts and hopefully with the trend that we have statewide in reducing fatalities, we can be at the forefront of that at this post.”
Post 4 covers an eight-county region.
Anna Taylor can be reached at 270-505-1747 or email@example.com.