May 17

Each year, approximately 15 million Americans have their identities stolen, resulting in financial losses of more than $50 billion. Identity theft not only jeopardizes a person’s financial security, it jeopardizes their security.  
 
I am pleased to again partner with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central and Eastern Kentucky to host a free “Shred Day” for Lexington residents tomorrow. The public is encouraged to bring documents that contain bank account numbers, credit card information, Social Security numbers, and other personal data to the Lowes Home Improvement store at 2300 Greg Lag Way between 9 a.m. and noon.
Cintas will shred the documents on site. We’ll offer a similar service to Louisville residents this fall. For more information, please see our
 
I was incredibly moved by the strength and courage of the families who attended our Victims’ Rights Day Service and dedication of names onto the Kentucky Homicide Memorial at Resthaven Cemetery on Monday. The names of 33 homicide victims were added to the memorial. As we remembered each one of these victims and their families, we also reflected on the victims lost in the nation’s deadliest drunk driving crash.
Tuesday, May 14, marked the 25th anniversary of the Carroll County bus crash. Karolyn Nunnallee’s 10-year-old daughter Patty was the youngest of those killed in the crash. The grief that Karolyn and her family have endured, and all of the victims of the bus crash, is unimaginable.  
 
Speaking during our Victims’ Rights Day Service, Karolyn had a powerful message for all who have been affected by violent crime. She said, ‘we can either become bitter or better, and we can make change if we so choose.’ Karolyn chose to make a change, turning her grief into action.  
 
It is because of Karolyn’s courage and commitment that Kentucky now has lower DUI limits and a nearly 20 percent decline in the number of DUI crashes. Thanks to her efforts, our children ride on safer school buses.
So many other families touched by tragedy have helped change our Commonwealth for the better; from strengthening our DUI laws to establishing the VINE notification system and creating important legislation, like my comprehensive Cybersafety law and landmark legislation to combat prescription drug abuse.  
 
My staff and I will continue to work every day to ensure that your voices are heard.