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Valdosta's feeling the H.E.A.T.

May 29, 2007

Valdosta - The H.E.A.T. is on in Valdosta as the Police Department rolls out a new life saving campaign.  "We are stepping up traffic enforcement in the city with the Valdosta Police Department," says Commander Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police.

Thanks to a 240 thousand dollar grant from the Governors Office of Highway Safety, the department has just received three new H.E.A.T. vehicles.

And no ones ride rolls quite like Valdosta's newest.  "Everything you could possibly want in a police vehicle in regards to traffic enforcement," Childress adds.  "It has radar, laser, digital in car camera system, automated vehicle locator system, a state of the art in car computer."

The grant also allowed for the addition of two new officers to the traffic enforcement team...all working towards the same goal.  "I can help reduce the number of fatality accidents and put drunk drivers in jail," says H.E.A.T. officer James York.

One they hope will save lives.  "If I'm able to come in contact with one drunk driver, then I know That driver will not run a red light or a stop sign and kill a family or someone who's on the way to work."

The H.E.A.T. Team will take to the streets to Wednesday, looking to pull over anyone creating a danger on the road to keep Valdosta's drivers safe.

The Valdosta Police has one of only 27 H.E.A.T. units throughout the state.