Gainesville Police and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office received honors for the Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic unit of the year.
The two local agencies took home the award at the 14th annual Golden Shield Honors from the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Tuesday, April 10, in Atlanta.
Hall County Sheriff’s Office Sgt.Todd Casper said the award is scored by an outside agency based on enforcement, education and awareness related to impaired driving.
“It is based off the enforcement — the number of DUI arrests — the number of educational events and awareness activities that the unit does over the past year,” he said.
The Northeast Traffic Enforcement Network, which includes the counties of Hall, Jackson, Banks, Stephens, Rabun, Franklin, Hart, Forsyth, White and Habersham, was also honored as the Traffic Enforcement Network of the Year.
Casper said the local unit has attended a great number of network meetings and events.
“I knew the guys had been working really hard. I’ve kind of been pushing them hard. They’ve been pushing themselves hard,” Casper said. “I knew they would do pretty good.”