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Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office H.E.A.T. Unit is a Specialized Traffic Unit partially funded by The Governors Office of Highway Safety. We enforce all traffic laws, but our priorities are Impaired Drivers, Speeders and Unbelted Drivers and Occupants.

Our unit consist of five highly trained deputies with a combined 65 years of law enforcement experience. This includes certifications in Radar, Laser, the Intoxilyzer 5000, Field Sobriety Testing and Advanced Traffic Law. Each Deputy is also a Certified Field Training Officer.

We have three Child Seat Technicians, a P.R.I.D.E. and A.D.A.P. Instructor, a Drug Recognition Expert and two deputies in the process of completing the nine week Accident Reconstruction School.

We hold Sobriety Check Points throughout the county and conduct Concentrated Patrols during most holiday weekends.


Douglas County Sheriff's Office Awarded $72,300.00 H.E.A.T. Enforcement Grant for 2013/2014

(Douglasville, GA) The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a major, public safety partnership H.E.A.T. grant totaling $72,300.00 from the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta. H.E.A.T, which stands for Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic, includes the primary goals of (1) reducing impaired driving crashes; (2) reducing excessive speeding; (3) increasing the safety belt usage rate; and (4) educating the public about traffic safety.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office H.E.A.T. Unit will develop and implement strategies to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities from drugs and alcohol, speed and aggressive driving, and non-use of safety belts within their jurisdiction. The grant went into effect on October 1 of this year and will continue until September 30 of next year.

"The H.E.A.T. grant helps support the Douglas County Sheriff's Office's enforcement efforts and is a reminder of their dedication in supporting the GOHS mission to protect Georgians from speeders and impaired drivers," said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. "Crashes involving impaired drivers killed hundreds of people across Georgia in 2012. The chance of a fatal crash involving drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol is much higher than the rate for fatal crashes not related to impairment."

H.E.A.T. programs based on impaired driving and speeding data include 22 Georgia counties and have covered most of Metro Atlanta. The H.E.A.T. initiative was designed to serve Georgia jurisdictions with the highest rates of crashes, injuries and deaths.

"The H.E.A.T. initiative seeks to increase the impaired driver arrests, reduce dangerous speeders, educate the public about the dangers of DUI and provide a high visibility enforcement profile in the communities that need it most," said GOHS Director Blackwood.

Georgia's H.E.A.T. Units consistently provide the kind of high-profile traffic law enforcement required to save lives on our highways. For more information about the GOHS H.E.A.T. initiative contact Lt. Scarlett Woods, H.E.A.T. Coordinator, at (404) 656-6996 or To learn about other lifesaving highway safety campaigns, visit us on the web at

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Awarded $20,000.00 Traffic Enforcement Grant

(Douglasville, GA) The Douglas County Sheriff's Office announced today that it has been awarded a major traffic enforcement grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received the grant in recognition of its lifesaving work as the coordinating agency of GOHS's Western Regional Traffic Enforcement Network. There are sixteen traffic enforcement networks across the state that help enforce Georgia's year-round safety belt, speed and impaired driving campaigns.

"This is our way of supporting the Douglas County Sheriff's Office through its continued leadership via Coordinator Master Sergeant David Martin and the Western Regional Traffic Enforcement Network," said GOHS Law Enforcement Services Director Powell Harrelson. "We want to make sure they can continue their region-wide efforts to protect Georgia motorists from drunk and otherwise dangerous drivers. They've proven their dedication and this grant serves not only as recognition for that hard work, but as means for continuing the GOHS mission of reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities on our roads."

The Western Regional Traffic Enforcement Network includes law enforcement agencies in eight counties, which include Douglas, Paulding, Carroll, Haralson, Coweta, Meriwether, Heard, and Troup.

Master Sergeant David Martin has been the coordinator of the Western Regional Traffic Enforcement Network for three years. "It is my goal and the goal of our network to ensure that every person who travels upon our roadways makes it to their destination safely. We want our residents to feel safe and not have to worry about dangerous drivers who would do them harm while behind the wheel," said Martin.

The GOHS grant awards $20,000.00 to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, with half to support the activities of the traffic enforcement network and half to be spent on traffic safety equipment for the sheriff's office. The coordinator in the Western Regional Traffic Enforcement Network region will coordinate year-round waves of high visibility, concentrated patrols, multi-jurisdictional roadchecks and sobriety checkpoints as a partner in campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, Operation Zero Tolerance and the Thunder Taskforce.

For more information on the Douglas County Sheriff's Office's award, contact Colonel Jeff Nalley or Master Sergeant David Martin at 770-942-2121. For more information on the grant program, call 404-656-6996 or visit


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