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December 7, 2007

Valdosta - The Valdosta Police Department's H.E.A.T. Unit has done so well in its first year, they've been given another grant to keep the program going.

The Governors Office of Highway Safety has given the VPD over $78,000 to go towards paying their three new H.E.A.T. patrol officers.

The unit began last October and has been working ever since to crack down on traffic violators and curb DUI arrests.

"We are catching drunk drivers, we are slowing down speeders, and we are enforcing seatbelt violators. At the end of the day it comes to a safer Valdosta and our stats are starting to show that," says Cmdr. Brian Childress.

In their first year, the three officers arrested over 200 drunk drivers while ticketing over 1,900 seatbelt violators and issuing nearly 1,800 speeding tickets.

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