Sheriff’s Office is awarded traffic enforcement grant

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is has announced that the Burke County Sheriff’s Office is one of 21 law enforcement agencies in Georgia to receive a Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic grant for the Federal 2022 Fiscal Year. Referred to as a H.E.A.T. grant, Burke County’s award totals $92,616.78.

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 Burke 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. “With the increase in the number of persons killed in traffic crashes in Georgia and across the nation over the last year, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is working with partners like the Burke County Sheriff’s Office H.E.A.T. Unit to implement programs designed to stop the risky driving behaviors that are contributing to a majority of our serious-injury and fatality crashes,” Allen Poole, Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety said. “Many of the fatal traffic crashes on our roads are preventable, and we will continue to work with our educational and enforcement partners to develop programs and initiatives that are designed to get Georgia to our goal of zero traffic deaths.”H.E.A.T. grants fund specialized traffic enforcement activities in counties throughout the state. The program was designed to assist Georgia jurisdictions with the highest rates of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities with grants awarded based on impaired driving and speeding data.

“We are pleased to be a recipient of the Georgia H.E.A.T grant for the Federal 2022 Fiscal Year. This will allow us to continue our efforts to improve driver behavior and reduce crashes, crashes with injuries and deaths from motor vehicles on the roadways of Burke County. These partnerships are vital to reducing drug and alcohol-impaired driving, speeding, school bus deaths and injuries, improving traffic safety laws & driver performance,” said Sheriff Alfonzo Williams.

As law enforcement partners in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI and Click It or Ticket seatbelt campaigns, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office H.E.A.T Unit will also conduct mobilizations throughout the year in coordination with GOHS’s year-round waves of high visibility patrols, concentrated patrols, and multi-jurisdictional sobriety checkpoints. For more information about the H.E.A.T. program or any other GOHS campaign, visit or call 404-656-6996.

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