SCSO Gearing Up for Summer HEAT

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office is gearing up for a busy summer on the roadways.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says his office is participating in this year’s “100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T.” campaign in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

“H.E.A.T.” stands for Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic and this year’s campaign gets underway this week in Georgia.

Shirley said this traffic safety enforcement effort will focus on concentrated patrols throughout Stephens County.

“We will be concentrating on DUIs, seat belt violations, excessive speed,” said Shirley. “We will be working secondary roads more heavily.”

Shirley said deputies will also focus on areas like the Toccoa By-pass and the Highway 17 work zone, where there is a reduced speed limit.

He said the goal is to reduce fatal crash counts during the summer travel season.

“We just want our citizens to be aware of that and drive safely, think about what is ahead, and always be looking for the unexpected,” said Shirley.

The “100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T.” campaign runs until around Labor Day in Georgia.

Shirley said the Sheriff’s Office has taken part in this campaign since 2009.