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Anthony Rakes, the Marion County Sheriff’s deputy who was killed Nov. 14, was recognized last week for leading the sheriff’s department in the number of DUI arrests in 2012.
Rakes and Deputy Courtney Deering each made six DUI arrests this year. Rakes and Deering were among 197 law enforcement officers from 164 agencies recognized by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety’s for their efforts to keep drunk drivers off the roads during the Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Award ceremony Dec. 5 in Frankfort.
Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements accepted Rakes’ award on his behalf.
Alcohol and drugs were factors in more than 5,600 crashes, which led to 150 deaths and 3,000 injuries this past year in Kentucky.
To raise awareness of drinking and driving the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will run from Dec. 14, 2012, until Jan. 1, 2013.