The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement/Accident Investigation Unit conducts traffic enforcement actions such as Speed Enforcement, Distracted Driving, and Seat Belt violations, Investigates Motor Vehicle Crash’s including Serious Injury and Fatality Crash’s, Investigates Hit and Run’s, Conducts Criminal Interdiction Patrols, and provides numerous Traffic Safety education classes to the General Public, Civic Organizations, and Area Schools. The Traffic Unit consists of a Sergeant, Investigator, and three Deputies. Sergeant Witte and Investigator Gann have completed numerous Accident Reconstruction classes through the Georgia Police Academy. Investigator Gann is a certified Accident Reconstructionist through the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council. All Deputies assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Unit have undergone advanced training in DUI detection, Accident Investigations, Speed Enforcement Certifications, and other specialized traffic enforcement training through the Georgia Police Academy. Sergeant Witte is a certified Drug Recognition Expert though the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
The Traffic Enforcement Unit operates a child safety seat diversion program. Under this program, child safety seats are made available to families residing in Barrow County. Education classes on the proper installation and usage of child safety seats are conducted once a month for those interested. You MUST register with the Traffic Enforcement Unit prior to attending class. All Deputies assisting with this course are Nationally Certified as Child Safety Seat Technicians.
The Traffic Enforcement Unit participates in P.A.T.E.N. (Piedmont Area Traffic Enforcement Network) which holds monthly meetings with other participating Law Enforcement Agencies. Roadway Safety Check Points are conducted along with up to date training on traffic enforcement, case law, and promotes a working relationship among all participating jurisdictions. Sergeant Witte currently serves as the Network Coordinator for P.A.T.E.N.
If you have any questions about traffic laws, child safety seats, or if you need the traffic unit to give a presentation to a group, please contact Sergeant Witte at 770-307-3080 ext 1333 or Investigator Gann at 770-307-3080 ext 1383. If you need to obtain a copy of an accident report or to find out the status of an accident report, contact the Records Department at 770-307-3080, option 4.