Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Awarded $20,000 Traffic Enforcement Grant

| October 13, 2015

Lowndes County Sheriff

VALDOSTA — The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office announced today that it has been awarded a major traffic enforcement grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta.

The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office received the grant in recognition of its lifesaving work as the coordinating agency of GOHS’s Southern Region Traffic Enforcement Network.  There are sixteen traffic enforcement networks across the state that help enforce Georgia’s year-round safety belt, speed and impaired driving campaigns.

“This is our way of supporting the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office through its continued leadership via Coordinator Lieutenant Mike Adams and the Southern Region Traffic Enforcement Network,” said GOHS Law Enforcement Services Director Powel Harrelson.  “We want to make sure they can continue their region-wide efforts to protect Georgia motorists from drunk and otherwise dangerous drivers.  They’ve proven their dedication and this grant serves not only as recognition for that hard work, but as a means for continuing the GOHS mission of reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities on our roads.”

The Southern Region Traffic Enforcement Network includes law enforcement agencies in 12 counties, which include:  Atkinson, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Clinch, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, and Tift counties.

The GOHS grant awards $20,000 to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office with half to support the activities of the traffic enforcement network and half to be spend on traffic safety equipment for The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.  The coordinator in the Southern Region Traffic Enforcement Network region will coordinate year-round waves of high visibility, concentrated patrols, multi-jurisdictional road checks and sobriety checkpoints as a partner in campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, Operation Zero Tolerance and the Thunder Taskforce.

For more information on the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office award, contact Lieutenant Mike Adams at 229-560-9950 or email him at mikeadams@lowndes.k12.ga.us.  For more information on the grant program, call 404-656-6996 or visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.

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  1. Grants like this are often abused by sending enforcement officers to locations where the posted speed limit is set at least 10 mph lower than the safest 85th percentile speed levels, so there will be high numbers of very safe drivers available for tickets for revenue as the real goal.

    Enforcement for revenue is 100% wrong 100% of the time and should NEVER be subsidized by states or the federal government. Note that some grants come along with ticket quotas, and quotas are 100% wrong, 100% of the time.

    James C. Walker, Life Member – National Motorists Association