Duluth Police receive Georgia Highway Safety Grant

October 22, 2009 | 03:08 PM
DULUTH Duluth Police will continue to partner with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to combat teen driving deaths by taking their Operation Drive Smart program to fifteen Georgia High Schools across the state.

The Police Department received a $38,800 GOHS grant, which provides funding for the Duluth Police COPS Division to travel and partner with schools and public safety agencies across the state to education students.

During the past several years the department has received more requests for programs than the funding and time within the school year allows. Since the program's inception, more than 100,000 Georgia teenagers have participated and each year more than 45 public safety agencies partner in the effort to reduce teen crashes, injuries and deaths.

The C.O.P.S Division hosted the first 2010 Operation Drive Smart program for the students of Grayson High School on Oct. 21.

The Drive Smart Expo consists of stations which discuss the importance of teen safe driving. Such stations include the Duluth Police Department's Seatbelt Rollover Simulator and DUI Golf Cart, Gwinnett County Police Department, Gwinnett County Fire and EMS, Gwinnett Medical Center, Emory Flight/Rescue Air 1, and Georgia Motor Trucking Association.

For more information about Operation Drive Smart, contact Ofc. Liz Strickland Duluth Police Department. This program is made possible by funding provided by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and the partnerships developed by law enforcement and educators across the state.