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APD receives H.E.A.T. grant for local DUI enforcement

The Atlanta Police Department is developing and implementing strategies to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities from drugs and alcohol, speed and aggressive driving.

The state and the city want to reduce accidents and speeding through the program. Credit: Hunt Archbold
The state and the city want to reduce accidents and speeding through the program. Credit: Hunt Archbold
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The Atlanta Police Department has $229,700 budgeted to put some H.E.A.T. on city streets.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) awarded the department a $57,500 grant. Another $172,200 was added from the department's budget.

The H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) program serves Georgia jurisdictions with the highest rate of crashes, injuries and deaths. Twenty-two Georgia counties are included and it covers most of Metro Atlanta.

GOHS Director Harry Blackwood said the primary goals of the program are to:

  • Reduce impaired driving crashes;
  • Reduce excessive speeding;
  • Increase safety belt usage; and
  • Educate the public about traffic safety. 

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