On May 9, officers with the Milledgeville Police Department will begin the second year of the HEAT campaign.
This year's program coincides with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety's “100 Days of Summer HEAT” initiative. This program is intended to reduce the number of traffic deaths and injuries by increasing the use of seat belts while educating motorists about the dangers of speed, DUI and other aggressive driving behaviors.
The program corresponds with state and national programs such as Click It or Ticket and Operation Zero Tolerance.
The HEAT program will last from May 9 until Sept. 1, focusing traffic operations on roadways with high numbers of citizen complaints and traffic accidents. Each month a new location will be chosen from gathered data.
May’s enforcement area is North Columbia Street with special attention on the Wal-Mart and Roberson Mill and Dunlap Road areas.
During the first 10 days of the month of May, the department will utilize its RADAR Speed Detection Trailer to inform motorist of their speed. Officers will also patrol the area providing educational information on the dangers of high speed driving, DUI and proper use of seatbelts and child safety seats.
For the remainder of the month, officers will strictly enforce traffic violations in the selected areas. For every additional month, the RADAR trailer will be used only during the first week of that month.
The goal of this program is to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents caused by speed and aggressive, impaired or distracted driving while keeping the citizens and visitors of the City of Milledgeville as safe as possible.
Last year's HEAT initiative focused on areas such as Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, North Columbia Street and North Jefferson Street.
The RADAR Speed Detection Trailer checked thousands of cars throughout the program.
MPD officers wrote warnings and delivered Super Speeder brochures during the initial grace periods for educational purposes.
During the enforcement period the rest the summer months, police cited drivers for speeding, along with minimal DUI, seatbelt and equipment violations.
The department doesn't concentrate solely on speeding during HEAT. Distracted
driving and general unsafe driving aspects are points of emphasis also.
MPD will be on the look out for improper land changes, failure to yield, following too close and improper cellphone usage.