The Barrow County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit is a multi-faceted unit that handles a variety of tasks. The traffic unit is made up of 7 total deputies and it is broken down into 5 traffic deputies and 2 H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) deputies. The deputies are responsible for enforcing the traffic laws of the State of Georgia, interstate/highway criminal interdiction, serious injury accident investigation, hit and run accident investigation, and the education of our citizens in reference to traffic laws. The H.E.A.T. unit is funded by a grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and the deputies assigned to this unit are mainly responsible for helping to reduce the number of impaired driving/occupant safety/speeding related crashes/injuries/fatalities within Barrow County. The traffic unit currently has 2 deputies that have completed all classes needed to obtain "Accident Reconstructionist" status.
Currently the traffic unit is in charge of child safety seat diversion program which is responsible for helping the Sheriff's Office obtain child safety seats that are needed. The Sheriff's Office utilizes these seats by handing them out the needy families within Barrow County and making sure that the children in our community are safe while they are in a vehicle. The traffic unit also holds a class for the proper installation and usage of child safety seats once a month for those interested. There are currently 6 deputies on the traffic unit that hold a national certification for the correct installation and usage of child safety seats. One deputy is an instructor for the National Child Safety Seat Technician class.
The traffic unit participates in P.A.T.E.N. (Piedmont Area Traffic Enforcement Network) which holds an meeting once per month where law enforcement from all over the Piedmont Area come and hold a meeting then a safety checkpoint. This helps to keep law enforcement up to date on training and case law and helps them to create a good working relationship with other jurisdictions. In 2009 Barrow County Sheriff's Office was awarded the "Agency of the Year" award from P.A.T.E.N.
The traffic unit also participates in the Governor's Challenge each year. This program is an application process that involves working year round to gather information regarding the programs, educational events, etc. that the Sheriff's Office participates in. The information is gathered and organized into a presentation to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The presentation is judged and the 1st-3rd winning agencies in the nation and/or state are awarded prizes. The Sheriff's Office started participating in this program in 2008 and won 3rd in the state with that application. In 2009, the Sheriff's Office won 2nd in the nation and 1st in the state.
If you have any questions about traffic laws, child restraints, or if you need the traffic unit to give a presentation to a group, please contact Sgt. Sears at 770-867-1383.