The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a nearly $70,000 grant to help reduce traffic crashes, deaths and injuries.
The Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic, or HEAT, grant is through the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
According to Sheriff Ted Paxton, the project “aims to increase the impaired driver apprehension rate.”
“HEAT 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,” Paxton said in a statement.
The effort’s statewide goal is to increase use of safety belts while educating the public about traffic safety and the dangers of driving under the influence.
In announcing the grant, which totals $69,800, highway safety director Harris Blackwood noted that the agencies receiving the grants “are committed members of the GOHS Traffic Enforcement Network, dedicated to protecting our citizens from drunk drivers.”
The local sheriff’s office is a partner in the state’s Operation Zero Tolerance DUI initiatives and the Click It Or Ticket seatbelt campaign.
Its HEAT unit coordinates with the state during year-round waves of high visibility concentrated patrols, roadchecks and sobriety checkpoints.