Press Release  December 10, 2014

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) awarded the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office $145,300 in grant funding for the 2015 season.  The BCSO H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) Unit is in the second year of operation.


The goal of the H.E.A.T. program is to combat crashes, injuries and fatalities caused by impaired driving and speeding, while also increasing seatbelt use.  It’s very important to educate the public about traffic safety and the dangers of DUI.


GOHS Director Harris Blackwood states that “Agencies like Bartow County receive this H.E.A.T. grant because they have showed a particular dedication to protecting their citizens from impaired drivers.  This dedication is crucial because alcohol-related deaths still account for 25 percent of traffic fatalities in Georgia.”


As law enforcement partners in the Operation Zero Tolerance DUI and Click It or Ticket seatbelt campaigns, the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office will also conduct mobilizations throughout the year in coordination with GOHS’s year-round waves of high visibility patrols, multi-jurisdictional road checks and sobriety checkpoints.


January – November 2014 BCSO H.E.A.T. Stats

Speeding Citations (over posted speed limit):

11-25 mph over:      22

16-20 over:               303

21-25 over:               421

26-29 over:               101

30+ over:                   40

Warnings:                 1096


DUI Arrests:              145


Seatbelt Citations    106

Seatbelt Warnings  451


Drug Arrests:                        16


Fugitive Arrests:       17