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Governor's Cup goes to Tifton

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The Tift County sheriff's office earned the coveted Governor's Cup for its work to improve traffic safety. 

The Director of the Governor's office of highway safety presented the award to sheriff Gary Vowell and members of the Traffic safety education unit.

Tift County was up against 70 other state and local agencies in Georgia. They can earn points in several areas such as increasing proper use of child restraints and cutting down on speeding.

"We get out and try and teach the public the importance of restraining their children or restraining themselves in vehicles and the importance of not drinking and driving and not speeding, so it's more than just getting out and writing a ticket to somebody," said Tift Co. Sheriff Sgt. James Partain.

Because of aggressive patrols, the number of traffic crashes in Tift County decreased by 34% over the past three years.

They also earned the overall first place award from the National Sheriff's Association.