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(ATLANTA-GA) The State of Georgia announced that the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office received a major public safety partnership H.E.A.T. grant from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta. H.E.A.T. stands for Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic. The statewide H.E.A.T Project goal is to combat deaths and injuries from impaired driving crashes and excessive speeding by increasing the use of safety belts while educating the public about traffic safety and the dangers of DUI.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety coordinates sixteen Regional Traffic Enforcement Networks across the state to help enforce Georgia’s year-round speed, impaired driving, and safety belt campaigns. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office H.E.A.T. Unit will use the GOHS grant totaling $38,000 to develop and implement strategies to reduce local highway crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said, “Agencies like Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office that have received this 2014 GOHS H.E.A.T. grant are committed members of the GOHS Traffic Enforcement Network, dedicated to protecting our citizens from drunk drivers. Impaired driving is no accident and DUI is no victimless crime.”

“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 Sheriff Duane Piper.

“This combined enforcement effort by police, sheriffs, and State Troopers is the kind of high visibility protection the public deserves on our highways,” said Director Blackwood. GOHS is working overtime with more than 47,000 law enforcement officers covering all 159 counties in Georgia and using initiatives like the H.E.A.T. program to improve driver awareness and save lives.

As law enforcement partners in the Operation Zero Tolerance DUI initiatives and the Click It Or Ticket seatbelt campaign mobilizations 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.

Many H.E.A.T. Units are also deployed as part of a joint highway safety response team called Rolling THUNDER, deployed to help reduce high numbers of traffic deaths in other high-risk Georgia communities.

“Georgia’s H.E.A.T. Units and Operation Rolling THUNDER consistently save lives on our highways. We know from experience that H.E.A.T. Teams like Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office are an effective way to maximize our deterrent efforts with impaired drivers,” said Director Blackwood.

For more information about the GOHS H.E.A.T. initiative contact Lt. Scarlett Woods, H.E.A.T. Coordinator, at (404) 656-6996 or . To learn about other GOHS lifesaving highway safety campaigns, visit us on the web at .

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