The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has announced that the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic grant for the 2018 grant season. Referred to as an H.E.A.T. grant, the Bibb County Sheriff Office’s award totals $25,096.39.
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 Bibb 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.
“Our H.E.A.T. units throughout the state are an integral part of reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities on Georgia’s roadways,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “Bibb County has continued to dedicate itself to protecting their residents from impaired and reckless drivers and we thank Sheriff Davis and his staff for their hard work.”
H.E.A.T. 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.
Bibb Sheriff David Davis said, “We are proud to once again to be a recipient of this important traffic safety grant. The years we have partnered with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety with this program has helped to make our roads safer to travel. The deputies on the HEAT Unit have saved countless lives by stopping aggressive and impaired drivers.”
As law enforcement partners in the Operation Zero Tolerance DUI and Click It or Ticket seatbelt campaigns, the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office will also conduct mobilizations throughout the year in coordination with GOHS’s year-round waves of high visibility patrols, multi-jurisdictional road checks and sobriety checkpoints.
For more information about the H.E.A.T. program or any other GOHS campaign, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org or call 404-656-6996.