2017-03-29 / For The Record

BCSO awarded $20,000 traffic enforcement grant

From Staff Reports

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a major traffic enforcement grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in recognition of its lifesaving work as the coordinating agency of GOHS’s East Central Traffic Enforcement Network.

There are 16 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 Burke County Sheriff’s Office through its continued leadership via coordinator Sgt. Brandon Reeves and the East Central 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 East Central Traffic Enforcement Network includes law enforcement agencies in 11 counties, which include Burke, Jenkins, Jefferson, McDuffie, Warren, Glascock, Lincoln, Taliaferro, Hancock, Columbia and Richmond counties.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is excited to be partnering with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities,” said BCSO Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard. “This funding will help us provide additional resources and public safety announcements in an effort to make our roadways as safe as possible which is part of Sheriff Williams’ overall goal.”

Half of the $20,000 grant will support the activities of the traffic enforcement network and half will be spent on traffic safety equipment for the sheriff’s office. The coordinator in the East Central 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.

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