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DCSO checkpoint done in tandem with state safety campaign
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Drivers may have been surprised at the number of law enforcement officials present at the intersection of Ga. 400 and Ga. 136 this past Friday in Dawson County. 

However, the July 29 event, led by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, was actually planned as part of a routine traffic network meeting and license check, said Crime Suppression Supervisor Lt. Dereck Johnson to DCN. 

The checkpoint was run in conjunction with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s 2022 “100 Days of Summer HEAT” campaign, Johnson said. 

This H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) campaign is a highway safety program facilitated by multiple jurisdictions, with the goal of reducing fatal crash counts during Georgia’s deadly Memorial Day-to-Labor Day holiday driving period, according to the GOHS website.

The initiative has taken place throughout the state since 2004. It serves as a way to reduce the number of traffic-related injuries and fatalities, educate the public and to encourage voluntary compliance of traffic laws, Johnson said.

DCSO made the following contacts during the checkpoint event:

  • Citations: 9

  • Warnings: 15

  • Warrants: 1

  • Arrests: 6

  • Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) Contacts: 9

Since it was a license checkpoint, no advance notice was required, he added. 

In addition to DCSO and GOHS, other participating agencies included the McCaysville, Holly Springs, Woodstock and Canton police departments as well as Georgia State Patrol’s Post 37, which is located in Cumming and also services Dawson County.