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A $10,000 grant for traffic safety has been awarded to the Gainesville Police Department.

The money comes from Gov. Nathan Deal’s Office of Highway Safety to assist with police campaigns on driver safety.
Gainesville Police spokesman Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said the department has noticed an increase in injury crashes over the last couple of years.

“One of the things that we as the department have focused on is decreasing the number of injury crashes as well as fatalities,” he said.

The age of smartphones, Holbrook said, adds more challenges for highway safety as a distraction.

“It appears that as the newer cars come on the roads, they come with more distractions,” he said.

The focus of the money will be on traffic safety equipment, Holbrook said.

Correctional institute golf tournament funds to fight against sex trafficking

To combat the high rate of sex trafficking in the metro Atlanta area, the Hall County Correctional Institute is hosting a benefit in hopes of stopping the practice.

The golf tournament in its first year will take place on May 4 at the Chattahoochee Golf Course in Gainesville. Money raised in the tournament will benefit Beloved Atlanta, Street Grace and Revved Up Kids.

“Studies have named Atlanta as the number one city in the United States for sex trafficking, and Hall County has been identified as a ‘hot spot,’” Hall County Warden Walt Davis said in a news release. “I firmly believe that events like this golf tournament will help bring awareness and financial support to these organizations and this growing problem in our community.”

The tournament costs $100 per person to participate and will start at 8 a.m. May 4.

The golf course is at 301 Tommy Aaron Drive in Gainesville.

Nick Watson covers public safety issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:

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