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Georgia Sheriff's Office Gets Grant for DUI Enforcement

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. A 2006 study by the NHTSA estimated that there is one drunk driving fatality in the United States every 30 minutes.


Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.


The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office received a Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (HEAT) grant from the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety. HEAT grants are given to fund programs aimed at reducing deaths and injuries from impaired driving accidents. Programs often emphasize reduced speed, increased safety belt use and enforcement and public service announcements regarding traffic safety and DUI dangers. 


The grant will be used for Operation Zero Tolerance DUI initiatives and the Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign that is currently used in Clayton County. Sporadic high-visibility concentrated DUI patrols, targeted road checks near alcohol distribution sites and announced sobriety checkpoints will also be implemented. 


If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia