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ATLANTA (AP) - State highway safety officials have given Atlanta police more than $90,000 to help improve traffic safety and reduce crashes.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety awarded Atlanta police a $93,200 grant from its Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic, or H.E.A.T., program.

The program was designed to serve Georgia jurisdictions with the highest rates of crashes, injuries and deaths. It includes 22 counties and covers most of metro Atlanta.

The main goals of the program are to: reduce impaired driving crashes; reduce excessive speeding; increase seat belt usage; and educate the public about traffic safety.

Atlanta police are adding $139,800 to the state grant, bringing the total budget for the local effort to $233,000 for the grant period that began Oct. 1 and runs through next Sept. 30.

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