The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has announced that the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office is one of 21 law enforcement agencies in Georgia to receive a Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic grant for the Federal 2022 Fiscal Year.
Referred to as a H.E.A.T. grant, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office’s award totals $299,999.76.
The goal of the H.E.A.T. program is to combat crashes, injuries and fatalities caused by impaired driving and speeding, while also increasing seatbelt use and educating the public about traffic safety and the dangers of DUI.
The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office H.E.A.T Unit will use the grant from GOHS to develop and implement strategies to reduce local traffic crashes due to aggressive and dangerous driving behaviors. “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 Liberty County Sheriff’s Office to implement programs designed to stop the risky driving behaviors that are contributing to most of our serious-injury and fatality crashes,” Allen Poole, Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety said.
“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,” Pool added.
H.E.A.T. grants fund specializes 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.
“As Law Enforcement Officers, we encounter impaired or aggressive drivers too often, and unfortunately, in many cases too late. The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety are committed to eradicating this type of unsafe driving from our roads. The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office HEAT Unit will develop strategies to decrease crashes due to impaired, aggressive, and dangerous driving” said Liberty County Sheriff Will Bowman.
As law enforcement partners in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI campaign and the Click It Or Ticket seatbelt campaigns, LCSO will also conduct mobilizations throughout the year in coordination with GOHS’s year-round waves of high visibility patrols, multi-jurisdictional roadchecks and sobriety checkpoints.