WINDER - The Barrow County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a traffic enforcement grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).
The department received the grant in recognition of its lifesaving work as the coordinating agency of GOHS's Piedmont Area Traffice Enforcement Network (PATEN). There are sixteen traffic enforcement networks across the state that help enforce Georgia's year-round safety belt, speed and impaired driving campaigns.
The PATEN includes law enforcement agencies in 7 counties, which include Barrow, Oconee, Clarke, Oglethorpe, Madison, Elbert, and Wilkes Counties.
The GOHS grant totals $20,000 - with half to support the activities of the traffic enforcement network and half to be spent on traffic safety equipment for the Barrow County Sheriff's Office. The coordinator in the PATEN 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.