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TCSO Receives HVE Grant

Courtesy of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

Toombs County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce it has received a $31,100 High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).

Funding for this grant is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is awarded based upon the partnership with GOHS in helping to reduce crashes and prevent injuries and fatalities across the State of Georgia. High Visibility Enforcement combines highly visible and proactive law enforcement to target a specific traffic safety issue designed to change unlawful and dangerous driving behaviors that contribute to most of the fatal and serious- injury traffic crashes on our roads. Law enforcement efforts are combined with visibility elements and public notification on the enforcement campaign to educate the public on traffic safety and promote voluntary compliance with the law.

“The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and our partners continue to implement programs designed to save lives and promote safe driving behaviors,” Allen Poole, Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety said. “We can ask everyone to help our state and nation reach zero traffic deaths by driving safe speeds, always wearing a seat belt, keeping the focus on the road and not the phone, and never operating a vehicle under the influence of any substance that impairs your ability to drive.”

“Traffic Safety on rural roads is a particular concern in rural Georgia. While only 19 percent of Americans live in rural areas, 47 percent of motor vehicle fatalities occur on rural roads. Even with reductions in the number of fatalities on the roadways, fatality rate in rural areas is 2.4 times higher than the fatality rate in urban areas.” stated Sheriff Alvie Kight, Jr.

Captain Jordan Kight added, “We are very pleased to receive the HVE grant this year. We want to keep our citizens and visitors safe.”

As law enforcement partners in the Operation Zero Tolerance DUI and Click It or Ticket seatbelt campaigns, the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office will also conduct mobilizations throughout the year in coordination with GOHS’s year-round waves of high visibility patrols and multi-jurisdictional sobriety checkpoints.

The grant will continue through September of 2024.

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