SAVANNAH, GA (October 18, 2018): The Savannah Police Department is pleased to announce it has been awarded $118,100.25 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) to continue the Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T) grant which was originally awarded in 2016.
The 2019 grant award will continue from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019 and will help finance two traffic officer positions, regular operating expenses, telecommunications and travel within the Traffic Unit. The City of Savannah will continue to provide a grant match in the amount of $43,349.17 to cover the third officer and expenses within the unit.
“The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is committed to keeping everyone safe on our roads and highways, from the smallest precious cargo to the most seasoned drivers,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “This grant will help The Savannah Police Department reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities on Georgia roadways.”
The H.E.A.T. Unit will participate in traffic safety campaigns such as Click-It or Ticket, Operation Zero Tolerance, 100 Days of Summer Heat and Rolling Thunder Mobilizations throughout Georgia. The unit will also participate in traffic safety education programs throughout the city.
“Our H.E.A.T Unit is dedicated to enforcing DUI laws, combating excessive speed, enforcing occupant restraint laws and targeting aggressive and distracted drivers throughout Savannah,” said Savannah Police Director Roy Minter. “The unit has won numerous awards, and its continued achievement has resulted in safer roadways throughout Savannah. We are grateful that this grant allows us to carry on our mission of keeping the community safe.”
For more information on this grant program, contact GOHS at 404-656-6996. For more information on GOHS and its highway safety programs, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.