To:Metro Atlanta Media
For Immediate Release
“…Do Not Drive Impaired This New Year’s”
(Paulding County, GA) This New Year’s, the Paulding County Sheriff's Office Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.) Unit and DUI Task Force will be aggressive in their fight to save lives on the roadways during the holiday travel period. Throughout the state, we commonly see an increase in fatal crashes taking place on holiday weekends. Deputies have said that they will do everything possible to see that Paulding County does not contribute to those statistics.
You will likely see a number of road safety checks being conducted as well as high visibility traffic enforcement. This type of law enforcement effort has proven effective in identifying numerous drivers that are deemed unsafe to drive on the roadways. They have turned up countless impaired drivers and several unrestrained violations. Deputies will also be targeting speeding vehicles and other aggressive drivers on the roads. There were 11 Impaired Driving arrests, multiple citations issued, and countless other traffic related arrests made last year during New Year’s.
"We want to send a message to the public this year," noted Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge. "It's time to buckle up, slow down, seat belt your children in their child safety seats, and do not drive impaired this New Year’s." The Paulding County Sheriff's Office will strive to ensure the safety of every motorist that travels through Paulding County.
The DUI Task Force and H.E.A.T. Unit were created as a result of grants awarded to the Sheriff’s Office by the Governors Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). GOHS gives the county the majority of the funding to get these units started and the Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the rest. The DUI Task Force and the H.E.A.T. Unit also focus on excessive speeders and reckless driving violators. The deputies assigned to these units are specially trained in all aspects of DUI enforcement as well as speed detection.