The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office has received a $67,800 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) to fight local drivers under the influence. The statewide Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.)'s goal is to reduce deaths and injuries from DUI crashes, reckless driving, and speeding. The grant money will go towards educate the public on seatbelt use, traffic safety and the risks of driving while impaired.
GOHS Director Bob Dallas said, "Agencies like the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office that have received this H.E.A.T. grant are committed members of the GOHS Traffic Enforcement Network, dedicated to protecting our citizens from drunk drivers. And that's crucial because impaired driving-related crashes killed 331 people here in 2009, accounting for 26-percent of all fatal crashes
in Georgia. Impaired driving is no accident and DUI is no victimless crime."
The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office H.E.A.T. team will coordinate with GOHS during year-round waves of high visibility concentrated patrols, multi-jurisdictional road checks, and sobriety checkpoints. "The H.E.A.T. Project aims to increase the impaired driver apprehension rate. H.E.A.T. Units like ours help accomplish that goal through the systematic delivery of effective DUI and aggressive driving countermeasures and by providing a higher traffic enforcement profile in the community," said Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton.
is one of twenty-one law enforcement agencies receiving a H.E.A.T. grant. Other Georgia counties receiving H.E.A.T. grants to increase local public highway safety are Barrow, Bibb, Carroll, Clayton, Coweta, DeKalb, Dougherty, Douglas, Glynn, Paulding, and Walton counties. Local city police departments receiving grants are Atlanta, Duluth, Dublin, Marietta, Sandy Springs, Valdosta, and Winder.
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office's press release can be found here and for more information on the H.E.A.T. project, visit GOHS
on the web.
Attorney Scott Williamson assists victims of negligence all over Georgia and North Atlanta: Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Marietta, Smyrna, Johns Creek, Cumming, Dawsonville, Norcross, Duluth, Chamblee, and Tucker.