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GOHS Awards Grant to JPD

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release


Contact: Lt. Nathan McDonald Jefferson Police Department 706-367-5231 ext. 2531

Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Awards Grant To

Jefferson Police Department

(Jefferson, Ga) The Jefferson Police Department is pleased to announce it has received a $ 23,200.00 High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). Funding for this grant is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is awarded based upon the partnership with The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in helping to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities across the State of Georgia.

High Visibility Enforcement combines highly visible and proactive law enforcement to target a specific traffic safety issue designed to change unlawful and dangerous driving behaviors that contribute to most of the fatal and serious-injury traffic crashes on our roads. Law enforcement efforts are combined with visibility elements and public notification on the enforcement campaign to educate the public on traffic safety and promote voluntary compliance with the law.

“With the increase in the number of persons killed in traffic crashes in Georgia and across the nation over the last year, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is working with partners like your Jefferson Police Department to implement programs designed to stop the risky driving behaviors that are contributing to a majority of our serious-injury and fatality crashes,” Allen Poole, Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety said.” “Many of the fatal traffic crashes on our roads are preventable, and we will continue to work with our educational and enforcement partners to develop programs and initiatives that are designed to get Georgia to our goal of zero traffic deaths.”

“We are happy to partner with the GOHS to proactively work on reducing motor vehicle collisions,” Chief Joseph Wirthman stated. “It has always been a priority for our agency to keep the motoring public who are traveling in and through our city safe.”

As law enforcement partners in the Operation Zero Tolerance DUI and Click It Or Ticket seatbelt campaigns, the Jefferson Police Department will also conduct mobilizations throughout the year in coordination with GOHS’s year-round waves of high visibility patrols, multi-jurisdictional sobriety checkpoints.

The grant will continue through September of 2022.

For more information on GOHS and its highway safety programs visit

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