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Lowndes Co. Sheriff's office receive traffic safety grant

Sgt. Mike Adams Sgt. Mike Adams
Meter used to check the tint level on car windows. One of the items the sheriff's department will purchase with the grant money. Meter used to check the tint level on car windows. One of the items the sheriff's department will purchase with the grant money.
Equipment used to test the level of alcohol in someone's system. One of the items the sheriff's department will purchase with the grant money. Equipment used to test the level of alcohol in someone's system. One of the items the sheriff's department will purchase with the grant money.
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Roads in and around Lowndes County will hopefully be getting a little safer soon.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety has awarded the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department a $20,000 grant.

The sheriff's department, along with the 39 other law enforcement agencies that make up the Southern Regional Traffic Enforcement Network, will use the money to purchase equipment that will help them keep drivers and officers safe on the roads.

"Anything that deals with traffic safety," said Sgt. Mike Adams of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department when asked what items law enforcement will buy with the money.

Adams is also the director of the Southern Region Traffic Enforcement Network.

"This year," Adams continued, "we really started targeting officer safety. You know, giving them fluorescent gloves and vests and stuff like flashlights."

The sheriff's department received this grant last year, too. That grant was worth $70,000.

Adams said the goal is not just to make roads safer, but to ultimately save lives. So far, that goal is being met. Last year, there were 1,199 traffic fatalities in Georgia. This year there have been 1,029 fatalities.

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