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VPD awarded Traffic Enforcement grant

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Valdosta Police Department awarded $18,226.88 Traffic Enforcement Grant

Valdosta, Georgia – The Valdosta Police Department announced today that it has been awarded a major traffic enforcement grant in the amount of $18,226.88 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta.

Valdosta Police Department 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 Valdosta Police Department through its continued leadership via Coordinator Sergeant Bucky Griffin and the Southern Region Traffic Enforcement Network,” said GOHS Law Enforcement Services Director Roger Hayes. “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 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, Lowndes, Berrien, Brooks, Clinch, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Ben Hill and Tift

“The Valdosta Police Department has had long standing relationship with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), working together to keep our community safe. This grant will help provide resources that will be used to help keep South Georgia roads safe.”, stated Valdosta Police Chief Leslie Manahan.

The coordinator in the Southern Region traffic enforcement network region will coordinate year-round waves of high visibility, concentrated patrols, multi-jurisdictional roadchecks and sobriety checkpoints as a partner in campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and 100 Days of Summer HEAT.

For more information on the Valdosta Police Department’s award, contact Sergeant Bucky Griffin, bgriffin@valdostacity.com, (229) 242-2606. For more information on the grant program, call 404-656-6996 or visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.