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DeKalb Police Department receives $32,000 to fight traffic accidents

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DeKalb Police Department receives $32,000 to fight traffic accidents


Illustration: A DeKalb County Police vehicle. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons

This story has been updated. 

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety recently awarded a $32,674 H.E.A.T. grant to the DeKalb County Police Department. H.E.A.T. stands for Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic.

The H.E.A.T. program was put in place to “combat crashes, injuries, and fatalities caused by impaired driving and speeding, while also increasing seatbelt use and educating the public about traffic dangers of DUI.”

The H.E.A.T. grant was distributed to places in Georgia that have a high risk of traffic accidents. Grants are awarded based on, “Impaired driving and speeding data.”

According to a recent press release, the DeKalb County Police Department plans to put the grant money to use and, “Develop and implement strategies to reduce local traffic crashes due to aggressive and dangerous driving behaviors.”

In addition, the police department reported that they, “Will also conduct mobilizations throughout the year in coordination with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s year-round waves of high visibility patrols, multi-jurisdictional road checks, and sobriety checkpoints.”

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