Local Sheriff’s Office Given Grant | Hawkins Spizman
The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a grant from The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in order to fight impaired driving in the county. The $145,500 grant will be utilized by the agency’s specially-designed traffic enforcement squad. H.E.A.T., as the squad is known by, stands for Highway Enforcement of Aggressive traffic. It works tirelessly to keep drivers safe on area roadways. Not only will they be fighting to keep drunk drivers off of the road, but they will also work to ensure that motorists are wearing their safety belts.
This is the third year that the squad has been in place.
According to a statement from GOHS Director Harris Blackwell, “Agencies like Bartow County receive this H.E.A.T. grant because they have showed a particular dedication to protecting their citizens from impaired drivers. This dedication is crucial because alcohol-related deaths still account for 25 percent of traffic-related fatalities in Georgia.”
The funds will be used, in part, for mobilizations throughout the year. These will include sobriety checkpoints and road checks. In 2015 alone, H.E.A.T. was responsible for taking 76 drunk drivers off of the road and issuing more than 300 speeding tickets.
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