The Atlanta Police Department announced on November 14, 2019 that it has received a grant from the Governor’s Office for Highway Safety for a H.E.A.T. unit that specializes in DUI enforcement in Atlanta. H.E.A.T. stands for Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic, that includes speeding and impaired driving. This specialized unit will be made up with Atlanta DUI Task Force officers that have received extensive training for DUI detection and investigations, such as Standardized Field Sobriety Test (“SFST”) training, Advance Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (“A.R.I.D.E”), and Drug Recognition Expert (“DRE”).
The press announcement by the Atlanta Police Department comes just before the beginning of annual campaigns to combat DUI’s during the holiday period extending from Thanksgiving through New Years. Anticipated campaigns that the H.E.A.T. unit will institute over the holidays are Operation Zero Tolerance (now called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”), Click It or Ticket, and Super Speeder law (that will combat speeding within the City of Atlanta). The grant covers the cost of adding three patrol vehicles, video equipment, and training for three officers.
If you, a loved one, friend, or coworker have been charged with a DUI in Atlanta, call Chestney & Sullivan today. We are available 24/7 to discuss your case, including weekends and holidays.