Officer To Focus On ATV Safety

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

Officials say it's the first of it's kind effort to enforce ATV safety in Kentucky.

Knott County officials say they will soon have someone dedicated to making sure ATV riders, especially young ones, know what's right and wrong.

Judge Executive Randy Thompson tells me he's wanted to create this position since taking office. Now he says it's only steps away from becoming a reality.

With the only ATV training facility in the Commonwealth, Knott County officials say they are excited to have a new first when it comes to the popular outdoor activity.

"We in Knott County are taking that first step. So we're kind of getting a jump on everybody else," said Knott County Police Chief Ken Amburgey.

Fish and Wildlife Officer Ken Amburgey retired from that post after 22 years. Taking only a month off, he's now eager to get started as the new county chief of police, focusing on ATV education and enforcement.

"Education is key, so people can understand why you're doing certain things," added Amburgey.

Officials say this effort isn't just to issue citations to riders who aren't following the ATV laws. It's also to reinforce safety as Eastern Kentucky makes a huge push for adventure tourism.

"It's just a dangerous situation and we don't want to have to go to a funeral for somebody that's been in an ATV accident," said Thompson.

Judge thompson says for the most part, he believes many ATV riders are responsible in his county, but there are some who still need to get the message. Amburgey hopes to reach young people especially.

"They ride machines a lot of times that adults have problems with," said Amburgey.

"No matter what you do, you have a few that are not respectful of others and a little reckless and those few give the majority a bad name," added Thompson.

Thompson and Amburgey hope it's an effort that will catch on in other Eastern Kentucky counties and possibly statewide.

Amburgey will patrol roadways, ATV trails and follow up on complaints from the community. Thompson says Amburgey will be sworn in as soon as they hear from the Kentucky Retirement Board.

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  • by Michelle Location: Knott Co. on Sep 11, 2008 at 02:09 PM
    Okay tree cutter these officers are not out looking for DUIS, etc, as you say, they run up on these stuff as they are doing there jobs. How would you feel if they let a drunk driver go and hit and killed one of your family members.
  • by Tree Cutter on Sep 8, 2008 at 06:31 PM
    Game wardens are Real Cops. But game wardens are there to protect the "wild life" not to look for DUI's, etc. They need to be protecting wild life from poachers, killing illegal game or as I say stealing from the people who hunt legal. To the game warden who arrested the man while boating why not leave this to the park ranger or State Police? If you want DUI's then why not leave and join the State Police or KVE. But these comment are about everything execpt Ken Amburgery and a ATV Police Officer. Let's focus on what a ATV Police Officer can do to save lives instead of it being about everybody else.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 6, 2008 at 08:30 PM
    If you think that this will be the last atv police your so wrong with all the attention being placed on it there will be more.
  • by anonymous on Sep 5, 2008 at 04:33 PM
    Whaaaaa!!! I wanted this job ! Whaaaaaaa I wanted this job! Whaaaaaa!!!! I wanted this job! Get a life of your own and mind your own business,not everyone elses.
  • by Michelle Location: Knott Co. on Sep 4, 2008 at 08:58 AM
    I would like to reply to the person whom said Officer Amburgey was never a real cop. Let me tell you something, game wardens go through just as much police training as a state police and their lives are in danger just as much as any other officer. Labor day weekend one game warden arrested a man under the influence of drugs while boating. He also found cocaine, marijuana,and hydrocodone. These officers have their lives threatened and are often working alone on strip jobs and other isolated areas. So you should do your homework about what a game warden does before you start running off at the mouth and saying that they are not "REAL COPS." I bet you don't put your life in danger to support your family.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 4, 2008 at 07:22 AM
    I agree with the one you at least. I think that the ones that think its a joke are the ones that are the dope growers and pill heads!!!!! And for the one that said that Mr Amburgey wasn't a real cop this is for you. You better watch how you threaten a official of Law Enforcement That can be a charge in itself. Be glad that your Judge Executive is trying to do something to help the KIDS in your area. Private land is just that and if you guys and gals that ride on it don't have permission then you are TRESPASSING...... Watch out for the ATV cop if you are in the wrong. Just my opinion
  • by Working Woman Location: Knott on Sep 3, 2008 at 07:52 PM
    Way to go Anonymous! At least Amburgery is not a cheese-eater like most men in Knott Co. that depend on the government to put that ck in their P.O. Box instead of working for it and paying tax dollars in. Knott Co. needs an ATV Police Officer to enforce a few laws and teach the young adults on how to ride safe. ATV riders should have laws laid down as same as anyone else. It will save lives. As for Randy everybody is mad because their man didn't get office and trust me your man will never get office. As for Amburgery receiving two cks he has paid his tax dollars in for the first one by working for 22 yrs and will be working for the second ck and paying his tax dollars in again. So this will make two times around that Amburgery will be paying his tax dollars in so nobody is giving him anything he has earned it. Randy has done more for Knott Co. than all Judge's put together. So all I have to say is "Go for it Amburgery" you will be the best ATV Police Officer Knott Co could have.
  • by ANONYMOUS on Sep 3, 2008 at 04:52 PM
    WHAAAAAA!!! I wanted this job! WHAAAAAA!!! I wanted this job!!!! WHAAAAA!!!I wanted this job!!!! Get a life people, he got the job you didn't get over it, move to your next story.
  • by anonymous on Sep 3, 2008 at 04:37 PM
    Oh!!!! Please all you concerned people of Knox, Floyd,Bell and good ole hometown Knott Co. get a life, go to work, go to church, get passionate about something other than everyone elses business. JEALOUS,JEALOUS,JEALOUS.
  • by WORK FOR A LIVING on Sep 3, 2008 at 04:21 PM
    Kenneth Amburgey is a great citizen of this community you should be grateful that he will be teaching ATV safety to your loved ones and your children, negative comments does not come from concerned citizens only sad ,jealous, individuals who are not happy and want everyone to be that way too. Congratulations KENNETH AMBURGEY you will do an excellent job as KNOTT CO. CHIEF OF POLICE , just as you decaded 22yrs. to Fish & Wildlife, don't give these comments a second thought you are blessed with a GOD who knows your heart and your desire to help the youth of Knott Co. and maybe prevent a death. You also are blessed with a wonderful family ,parents, siblings, wife ,children and friends . You will earn and deserve every penny, so GOOD LUCK!! AND BEST WISHES!!!
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