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Harris Blackwood no longer head of Governor's Office of Highway Safety
Term ends with change in governor; no replacement named
Harris Blackwood
Harris Blackwood

Harris Blackwood of Gainesville is no longer director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

His tenure ended with Nathan Deal’s last term as governor and Brian Kemp’s transition to that office earlier this month.

“I am forever grateful to Governor Deal for his confidence by giving me the honor of a lifetime,” Blackwood states in a Facebook post.

“I am in the process of charting a new course for the next chapter of my life. I have already had several discussions with other organizations and companies.”

God “has blessed me beyond measure and I know he has a plan for my life,” Blackwood went on to say. “Please pray with me as I seek His direction and guidance.”

In a phone interview, Blackwood, who also writes a weekly column for The Times, pointed to a couple of accomplishments during his tenure, including the “hands-free” law, which makes it illegal to operate a phone with any part of the body while driving.

“Also, we passed a booster seat law requiring children under the age of 8 to be in a booster seat,” he said.

“We have a lot of people driving on the roads of this state and we’ve done all we could to educate them as best we can,” Blackwood said.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety’s website doesn’t show a replacement, nor does Kemp’s page indicate an announcement has been made. Press Secretary Cody Hall couldn’t be reached for comment.


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