Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Awarded $126,010 Grant for Local DUI Enforcement

| November 21, 2016


ATLANTA – The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is pleased to announce that the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office is to receive a Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic grant for the 2017 grant season.

Referred to as an H.E.A.T. grant, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office’s award totals $126,010. The grant will be used to fund the Deputies and vehicle maintenance with no tax burden to Lowndes County citizens.

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 Lowndes 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.

“The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is committed to keeping everyone safe on our roads and highways, from the smallest precious cargo to the most seasoned drivers, “said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood.

“The HEAT grant provides unwavering protection to the driving population of Lowndes County,” said Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine. “There has been an unacceptable seventeen traffic fatalities in Lowndes County, to date this year. It is personal to me when seventeen families will not have their loved ones during the holidays this year.”

As law enforcement partners in the Operation Zero Tolerance DUI and Click It Or Ticket seatbelt campaigns, the Lowndes 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.

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