LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office now has more money to help make I-75 safer for drivers.
The sheriff's office has received a $250,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. The grant will be used to purchase more equipment and hire more deputies to help crack down on aggressive driving in hopes of eliminating crashes, specifically fatalities.
"[The grant] is extremely important because it doesn't put a burden on the tax payers. The money is funded through the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. As of last year, our fatality rate has been astronomical," explained Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Lt. Mike Adams.
Lt. Adams said the county has had 14 fatalities already this year, which is as many as they had all of last year.