Athens-Clarke County Police Awarded $89,371.38 Grant for Local DUI Enforcement
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has announced that the Athens-Clarke County Police is one of 18 law enforcement agencies in Georgia to receive a Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic grant for the 2018 grant season. Referred to as a H.E.A.T. grant, Athens-Clarke County Police award totals $89,371.38.
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 Athens-Clarke County Police 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.
“Agencies like the Athens-Clarke County Police receive this H.E.A.T. grants because they have showed a particular dedication to protecting their citizens from impaired drivers,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “This dedication is crucial because alcohol-related crash deaths still account for 26 percent of traffic fatalities in Georgia. We are grateful to Chief R. Scott Freeman, Ph.D. and his staff for their continued hard work.”
Totaling $3.2 million for 2016, H.E.A.T. grants fund specialize 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.
"The HEAT grant goals to combat deaths and injuries from impaired driving crashes and excessive speeding while also educating the public about traffic safety and the dangers of DUI aligns perfectly with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and its mission of keeping our roadways safe. With the continuation of the HEAT grant, the ACCPD will be able to continue to have a concerted focus on making our roadways safer through a balanced approach with education and enforcement" stated Chief of Police R. Scott Freeman, PhD.
As law enforcement partners in the Operation Zero Tolerance DUI and Click It Or Ticket seatbelt campaigns, the Athens-Clarke County Police 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.