Bibb County planning to aggressively target speeding, safety belt usage
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.) grant totaling $102,700 from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta.
H.E.A.T. is a program that works to reduce impaired driving crashes, excessive speeding, increasing the safety belt usage rate and educating the public about traffic safety.
Lt. Gregory Rachel says the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office H.E.A.T. Unit will "develop and implement strategies to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities from drugs and alcohol, speed and aggressive driving, and non-use of safety belts within their jurisdiction."
The grant went into effect on October 1st of this year and will continue until September 30 of next year.
“Crashes involving impaired drivers killed 324 people across Georgia between September 2011 and September 2012. The chance of a fatal crash involving drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol is much higher than the rate for fatal crashes not related to impairment.” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood.