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CCSO gets $335K to combat DUI, aggressive driving


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Sep. 30, 2022 - 8:46 PM

The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office has received a grant for nearly $335,000 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help combat impaired and aggressive driving.

CCSO is one of 21 Georgia law enforcement agencies named as recipients of the Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic – or HEAT – grants, designed to combat crashes, injuries and fatalities caused by impaired driving and speeding.

The grants also aim to increase seatbelt use and educate the public about traffic safety and the dangers of DUI.

HEAT grants fund specialized traffic enforcement units in counties throughout the state. The program was designed to assist Georgia jurisdictions with the highest rates of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities with grants awarded based on impaired driving and speeding data.

“With the increase in the number of persons killed in traffic crashes in Georgia and across the nation over the last year, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is working with partners like the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office to implement programs designed to stop the risky driving behaviors that are contributing to a majority of our serious-injury and fatality crashes,” said Allen Poole, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

“Many of the fatal traffic crashes on our roads are preventable, and we will continue to work with our educational and enforcement partners to develop programs and initiatives that are designed to get Georgia to our goal of zero traffic deaths,” he added.

The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office HEAT Unit will use the grant to develop and implement strategies to reduce local traffic crashes due to aggressive and dangerous driving behaviors.

“We are excited to partner with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety,” Sheriff Lenn Wood said. “The best way to confront impaired and aggressive driving is to stay in front of the problem, not arrive on scene when it’s too late. The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the GOHS, will develop and implement strategies aimed at decreasing crashes due to impaired, aggressive and reckless driving.”

As law enforcement partners in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI campaign and the Click It Or Ticket seatbelt campaign, the CCSO will also conduct periodic mobilizations in coordination with the GOHS’s year-round waves of high visibility patrols, multi-jurisdictional roadchecks and sobriety checkpoints.

For more information about the HEAT program or any other GOHS campaign, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org or call 404-656-6996.