Byron Police Receive Two Traffic Enforcement Grants | Community Spirit
The Byron Police Department received two traffic enforcement grants.
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The Byron Police Department is pleased to announce it was recently awarded two traffic enforcement grant’s from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Atlanta.
The department received the $20,000 grant in recognition of its lifesaving work as the coordinating agency of the GOHS Middle Georgia Traffic Enforcement Network. The Middle Georgia Traffic Enforcement Network region includes law enforcement agencies in the twelve counties of Houston, Peach, Bibb, Twiggs, Bleckley, Macon, Monroe, Dooly, Crisp, Pulaski, Wilcox and Turner.
There are 16 such traffic enforcement networks throughout the state.
“This says thanks for the dedication and support of the Byron Police Department and the agencies of the Middle Georgia Traffic Enforcement Network for our region wide efforts to protect Georgians from speeders and impaired drivers”, said Network Coordinator Lt Bryan Hunter.
Of the $20,000 awarded $5,000 will be utilized for travel expenses. For the remaining $15,000 half goes to support the activities of the Traffic Enforcement Network and half is to be spent on traffic safety equipment for the Byron Police Department.
Hunter said the $7,500 will buy new reflective vests, flashlights, computers, and cameras for Byron officers. The $7,500 for the network, Hunter said, will go to buy incentive items for officers, like gear bags, ticket holders, portable breath testing instruments and window-tint meters as well as meals at the monthly meetings.
Through the efforts of the participating law enforcement agencies in the Middle Georgia Traffic Enforcement Network, the region will coordinate year-round waves of high visibility concentrated patrols, multi-jurisdictional road checks, night-time seat belt enforcement events and sobriety checkpoints as law enforcement partners in the national Operation Zero Tolerance and Click-It or Ticket mobilizations.
The Byron Police Department was awarded another grant from GOHS for $10,000 for its continued support in the traffic safety efforts of the GOHS. This grant will purchase a new Intoxilyzer 9000 for $8000. The grant was awarded to agencies within the State of Georgia that were involved in the support of GOHS initiatives, online enforcement reporting and participation in traffic enforcement networks.
The State of Georgia in 2012 passed legislation requiring all Law Enforcement Agencies to upgrade their current Intoxilyzer 5000 machines to Intoxilyzer 9000 by the end of 2015.
Intoxilyzer 5000 machines are the only current state approved machines that departments use to run breath alcohol tests for impaired drivers to make the determination if they are driving under the influence. The Intoxilyzer 5000, which has been in use since 1994, is being phased out because technology and legal requirements have changed.
The remaining $2000 will be spent to purchase video equipment for Byron police officers.
Chief Cannon stated that our office was awarded this grant based on our dedication to making the roadways a safer place for all inside Byron. If not for the grant the tax payers of Byron would have been forced to pay the $8,000 for a new intoxilyzer. Chief Cannon wanted to thank the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for awarding his office the grant and also thank them for all they do to make the state of Georgia and Byron safe.