Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor joins national crackdown to reduce impaired driving fatalities
‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” runs Aug. 15-Sept. 1, 2014
If you choose to drink and drive in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky – Beware! The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is joining with law enforcement throughout the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, Aug.15-Sept. 1.
The strong nationwide impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb impaired driving. “Our officers aggressively watch for impaired drivers year-round,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor said. “But by joining this effort, we will make Hopkinsville, Christian County, and Kentucky’s roadways safer for everyone during the heavily-traveled Labor Day holiday.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on average, there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America. High-visibility enforcement such as the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. In 2013, Kentucky recorded more than 5,500 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in 138 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries. During the Labor Day holiday weekend, eight people were killed and 295 were injured on our roadways. Two of those deaths involved alcohol.
“We hope the campaign will serve as a reminder that those who choose to drink should never get behind the wheel,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryorsaid. “But if someone does choose to drive while drunk, they will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”
Adding one more tool to combat drinking and driving, Kentucky Office of Highway Safety partnered with Mobile Life Solutions last year to develop a free “Drive Sober Kentucky” application that may be downloaded at www.DriveSoberKY.com. The app contains phone numbers to taxi and limousine services and sober ride programs, along with a one-touch dial feature to report a drunken driver and information about the designated driver HERO campaign. If a local taxi, limousine or sober ride program would like to participate but is not included in the app, send contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk, so don’t take the chance,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryorsaid. “Remember, officers will be out in force, so Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.’” For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.
Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Names 2012 Outstanding Commonwealth's and County Attorneys
Press Release Date:
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
Attorney General Jack Conway today presented the awards for the 2012 Outstanding Commonwealth's and County Attorneys at the Kentucky Prosecutor's Conference at the Lexington Convention Center. More than 700 prosecutors, Commonwealth's and County Attorneys, staff members, as well as law enforcement from across Kentucky are attending the three-day conference sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General and the Prosecutors Advisory Council.
The recipients of the 2012 Outstanding Commonwealth's Attorney Awards are Lynn Pryor, Commonwealth's Attorney for the 3rd Judicial Circuit representing Christian County and Matthew Leveridge who serves as Commonwealth's Attorney for the 57th Judicial Circuit representing Russell and Wayne counties.
When presenting Pryor's award, General Conway said, "Lynn has distinguished herself not only as Christian County's first female Commonwealth's Attorney, but as someone who is deeply committed to the criminal justice system and her community. Lynn is currently working with my office in the prosecution of a former social worker accused of falsifying documents in child abuse cases. She has also spent countless hours working to revamp Kentucky's gang statutes to better track gangs and gang-related activities in the Commonwealth."
Of Leveridge, General Conway stated, "Matthew has prosecuted thousands of cases, including approximately 10 murder cases. He is currently prosecuting the case of a toddler who died after drinking chemicals used to manufacture meth. Matthew never turns down a special prosecution and is a tremendous asset to the prosecutorial system and to the residents of Russell and Wayne counties."
The recipients of the 2012 Outstanding County Attorney Awards are Marc Robbins, Madison County Attorney since 1999 and William "Bill" Hagenbuch, Allen County Attorney since 1990.
"Marc is always willing to take challenging cases and is an enormous help to my Office of Special Prosecutions," General Conway said. "Marc has been an active member of the Prosecutor's Advisory Council and a Kentucky Association of County's Board Member. He has also shown his commitment to the Madison County community through his work as a Project Graduation coordinator and as a board member of the Pattie A. Clay Medical Center Foundation."
Of Hagenbuch, General Conway stated, "Bill's office consistently has one of the highest DUI conviction rates in Kentucky. He has served the people of Allen County with distinction and honor and is involved in his community as a member of the Scottsville Chamber of Commerce, Scottsville Rotary Club and Chairman of the Board of the Scottsville/Allen County YMCA."
In concluding his remarks, General Conway thanked all of the members of Kentucky's prosecutorial community who work every day to make our communities safer places to live, work and raise families.
Photos of this year's award winners are available on the Attorney General's website.