The VPD will be watching - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

The VPD will be watching

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Quieter jaws of life makes Albany rescue easier on child

    Quieter jaws of life makes Albany rescue easier on child

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:23:28 GMT
    Albany Firefighters credit their new quieter jaws of life with making the rescue of a 5-year old girl much easier on the child. About 4 o-clock Tuesday firefighters were called to West Broad Avenue becauseMore >>
    Firefighters say their quieter jaws of life made it much easier on a young girl they rescued Tuesday.More >>
  • Albany child gunshot victim still hospitalized

    Albany child gunshot victim still hospitalized

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:13:23 GMT
    An Albany boy who shot himself in the foot Monday remains hospitalized in good condition. Police say 7-year old Kourtney Hicks shot himself at the Dollar Inn about 3:30 Monday afternoon. The child'sMore >>
    A 7 year old boy, who shot himself while playing with a gun, remains hospitalized.More >>
  • Cairo High seniors plead after vandalism

    Cairo High seniors plead after vandalism

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:54:46 GMT
    Some high school seniors who pulled a destructive prank several months ago find out their punishment. They could have gone to jail. The prosecutor didn't think that was the best course to take.   CairoMore >>
    Some high school seniors who pulled a destructive prank several months ago find out their punishment. They could have gone to jail. The prosecutor didn't think that was the best course to take.More >>

July 3, 2007

Valdosta - The H.E.A.T. Is on in Valdosta to keep the community safe this fourth of July. And the Police Department's newest unit takes this job seriously.  "The intent of the unit is to arrest DUI offenders and to slow down speeders," says Commander Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police Department.

Since the H.E.A.T unit began less than six months ago, they have made more than 100 DUI arrests, caught 18 drug suspects, written 916 seatbelt violations, and handed out 1052 speeding tickets.

And with the fourth of July just around the corner, they'll be out in full force.  "Drinking and driving seems to pick up on the 4th of July.  It's one of those holidays where everyone has off and they want to get out there and enjoy a drink," says Sgt. Earl Durrance.

They say getting those impaired drivers off the road could be the difference between life and death.  "There's a correlation in regards to DUI drivers and fatalities and injuries," Childress says.

And with the Georgia State Patrol predicting 6 deaths and nearly 400 injuries on the roads this July 4th, the HEAT unit wants to play their part in lowering these statistics.  "If we pull you over and have probable cause that your DUI, we will arrest you.  Non-negotiable," Childress says.

So some words of wisdom for those on the roads.  "Slow down, buckle up, and don't drink and drive.  We'll be out there watching," Durrance warns.

More than 500 departments from all over the state will join the Valdosta Police in an effort to keep all Georgia drivers safe.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=HEAT

Powered by WorldNow