Sgt. Chad Grace receives Governor’s Occupant Protection Award

(July 30, 2012) — Cadiz Police Sgt. Chad Grace was among 126 law enforcement officers from across the Commonwealth who were recognized July 26 at the second annual Governor’s Occupant Protection Awards ceremony in Lexington.

Awards were presented to officers with the most occupant protection citations in each agency and division. There are six divisions, broken down according to the number of officers within the agency, plus a division for Kentucky State Police.

For the Cadiz Police Department, Sgt. Grace issued the most occupancy citations between June 16, 2011 and June 15, 2012 to earn the award.

“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,” said Kentucky Office of Highway Safety Director Bill Bell, who presented the awards. “These officers, their departments and agencies render a great service for public safety by enforcing our occupant protection laws.”

Sgt. Grace is also a past agency winner of the Governor’s Impaired Driver Award given to the officer who takes the most impaired drivers off the road.

“Chad has shown a determination to promote the traffic safety initiatives of the Cadiz Police Department.  It’s one of the reasons why the number of injury-related crashes in the city have shown a decline in recent years,” said Chief Hollis Alexander.

There were 721 total highway fatalities in Kentucky in 2011 with 576 killed in motor vehicles.  Fifty-eight percent of those killed in motor vehicles were not wearing a seat belt.

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