In July of 2012 the the City of Bromley contracted the Park Hills Police Department to provide police services to their residents. Hyperlinked below is a letter recently received from Mayor Radford commending the Officers of our Department. The men and women of the Park Hills Police Department remain committed to providing excellent police services to the citizens we serve.
Officer Randy Newsom
The Park Hills Police Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Randy Newsom. Officer Newsom recently retired from Fort Wight Police Department with 22 years experience and is a welcomed addition to our department. Please join me in welcoming him to Park Hills (picture to follow).
IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO TEXT WHILE DRIVING
Except for novice drivers and bus drivers, there is no prohibition on cell phone use while driving in Kentucky. However, all Kentucky drivers are prohibited from texting.
Cell Phone Use - There is no handheld cell phone prohibition for drivers except that novice drivers in Kentucky – drivers under the age of 18 – are prohibited from using cell phones (handheld or hands-free) while driving.
Texting - All drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. The law states:
- No person may write, send or read a text-based communication (including text messages, instant messages and emails) while operating a motor vehicle that is in motion.
No person under the age of 18 may operate a motor vehicle while using a personal communication device (including talking, texting or emailing on cell phones, smart phones or other PDAs) except when it is necessary to summon medical help or law enforcement in an emergency situation.
Bus Drivers - School bus drivers are prohibited from using any cell phone (handheld or hands-free) while driving with children in bus. And, as with all drivers, they are prohibited from texting while driving.
How is it Enforced?
Text messaging fines are $25 (first offense) and then $50, plus court costs. Kentucky’s text messaging and cell phone laws are considered “primary” laws. A primary law means that an officer can pull you over for the offense without having to witness some other violation. That is, the officer sees you texting and issues a citation.
Park Hills Police Department Plans Holiday Crackdown to Stop Impaired Driving and Save Lives
Park Hills Holiday party-goers, beware! To help save lives this holiday season, Park Hills Police Department is launching a special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown to stop impaired drivers and to save lives on our roadways.
Chief Cody Stanley said Officers will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired. The special enforcement crackdown will run from December 12, 2012, through January 1, 2013.
“Lots of folks will be out during this busy holiday season, enjoying themselves and the holiday festivities, and we want everyone to be safe on our roadways.” said Chief Stanley. “That’s why we will be stepping up enforcement to catch and arrest impaired drivers. Please be forewarned. If you are caught drinking and driving impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”
During 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving an impaired driver.
The holiday season is a particularly dangerous time. During December 2010, 30 percent of all fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved alcohol-impaired drivers. Data also shows that among those alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 71 percent occurred when drivers had nearly twice the legal limit blood alcohol concentration of .15 grams per deciliter or higher.
“No one ever thinks that their holiday celebration will end in jail, or worse, in a hospital or the morgue,” said Chief Stanley. “But for those who include alcohol in their celebrations and then get behind the wheel, this is often the case.”
Last year in Kentucky, six people were killed over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday. Two of those deaths involved alcohol.
It is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Violators face jail time, loss of driver license, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job.
There are three simple steps people can take to stay safe and out of trouble:
- Plan ahead. If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Designate a sober driver or find another safe way home. Even one too many drinks increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle.
- If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
- Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
We want everyone to enjoy their holidays, but we also want our roadways to be safe. We will be out in force to help save lives, and we are not going to tolerate impaired driving. So remember, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.’ We will be watching.
For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.
The Park Hills Police Department extends our condolences to the Marion County Kentucky Sheriff’s Department and the family of Deputy Anthony Raikes. Deputy Raikes was shot and killed early Wednesday morning while conducting a traffic stop along US-68. To honor the memory of Deputy Anthony Raikes the flag at the Park Hills City Building will be flown at half -staff for the next three days.
Welcome to the Park Hills Police Department website. It has been one year since I was sworn in as Chief of the Park Hills Police Department. In that year we have seen changes to our Police personnel, cruisers, emails, website and office space. Please check the “Meet the Officers” page for pictures and short biographies of the members of the PHPD. Our emails have changed to @parkhillsky.net. The Police Office moved upstairs to the area formerly utilized by the City Clerks. This move was made to make the City Clerks more accessible to the public. Please don’t hesitate to call our office if you need to speak with an officer and don’t want to climb those stairs!
A reminder to residents that if you need an officer dispatched to your location you should call Erlanger Dispatch at 727-2424. Park Hills Officers are not in the office to retrieve phone messages on a regular basis. If you call and get our voicemail call Dispatch at 727-2424 to ensure we answer your call in a timely manner.
I would like to thank the Dr. Mark Collett of the Park Hills Animal Hospital for being a Bronze Sponsor of Crime Stoppers. In 2012 Crime Stoppers has assisted Law Enforcement in the Tri-State area with solving over 300 cases and assisted in the recovery of over $75,000 worth of property/narcotics. The Crime Stoppers 13th annual breakfast was held on October 4th at the Hyatt Regency and was attended by Law Enforcement personnel from the Tri-State area. Special recognition was given to Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis for his tireless commitment to Law Enforcement and the Crime Stoppers program. See the “Forms, Links and Other Information” page for a link to Crime Stoppers website.
LeadsOnline, in partnership with local police departments would like to encourage citizens to register their new purchases as well as other valuable items, with ReportIt. ReportIt is a system for maintaining secure records of property you own. You may store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so your items may be easily identified in the event of theft or loss. This record may also come in handy when reporting any loss to your insurance provider. See the “Forms, Links and Other Information” page for the link to ReportIt.
I would also like to encourage homeowners to provide the Police Department with contact informationby filling out the linked form.
Please check our website often, we will make every attempt to keep the citizens of Park Hills apprised of current issues.