Burke County gets more than $97,000 to boost traffic safety
WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW/WAGHT) - The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is getting a $97,158 grant to combat aggressive driving and crashes.
“We take the safety of our citizens very seriously and will remain ever vigilant on the busy roadways of Burke County,” Sheriff Alfonzo Williams said Thursday in a statement. “We ask our residents and visitors to pay attention to their speed and always wear their safety restraints.”
The agency is one of 21 in Georgia selected a so-called H.E.A.T. grant by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
The grants — totaling $6.7 million across Georgia for 2021 — are funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to pay for specialized traffic enforcement in jurisdictions with the highest rates of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.
The sheriff’s agency says the county has seen 417 public property crashes since Jan. 1, and 24 of those have been with injuries. Deputies said three have been fatal.
The money was announced Thursday during a high-profile period for traffic safety efforts across the CSRA:
- This week, state officials are working to help educate and inform drivers on distracted driving, which accounts for around 90 percent of crashes. A state report shows 169 people have died this year on interstates. In 2019, Georgia saw 173 traffic deaths all year.
- A Georgia State Patrol team was out Wednesday on a stretch of Interstate 20 that’s gained a deadly reputation west of Augusta. The team was trying to figure out why these accidents keep happening.
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