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GSP post receives two radar guns
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Georgia State Patrol Post 11 in Hinesville recently received two Genesis II Select radar guns, donated by the Darien Police Department. Chief Donnie Howard, who heads DPD, was instrumental in making the donation, said GSP post commander Sgt. Thornell King.
The local GSP post is headquartered off Airport Road in Hinesville and patrols Glynn, McIntosh, Long and Liberty counties.
King said the additional radar guns are a useful tool for troopers to use when enforcing traffic laws.
“Speeding had always been one of the major causes of traffic accidents,” King said.
Radar helps troopers crack down on speeders, he said, but stressed troopers also look for erratic drivers and drunk drivers.
“We work McIntosh, Long and Liberty counties,” King said. “With our budget crunch it’s always appreciated when someone can donate (equipment).”
The new radar equipment is valued at a total of $6,400, he said.
The post commander said contrary to what many drivers may believe the GSP does not receive revenue from traffic citations issued by troopers.
“It all goes to the counties or the cities that they’re written in,” King said.
He said the post now has enough radar guns for each of his nine troopers. The post actually has 11 troopers, but two of them have been assigned to a special DUI task force in Statesboro.
Long, Liberty and McIntosh counties each donated three radar guns to the local GSP post, King said.
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