Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Recognizes the Cobb County Police Department (11/12/12-Headquarters) The Cobb County Police Department’s S.T.E.P. (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program) Unit was recently recognized with an award from the Governor’s Challenge Traffic Safety Competition at the 2012 Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (G.O.H.S.) Awards Luncheon in Macon Georgia. This event is sponsored by the G.O.H.S. and the National Law Enforcement Challenge.
This first place award was a culmination of work in 2011. During this period of time, the department’s focus was to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes in the county. The competition included some 80 law enforcement agencies across the state and the metro Atlanta area. The National Law Enforcement Challenge (N.L.E.C.) is a traffic safety awards program that focuses on three major traffic safety priorities. These priorities are Occupant Protection, Impaired Driving, and Speeding. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (N.H.T.S.A.), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (I.A.C.P.), and the National Sheriffs’ Association (N.S.A.), pro¬vide agencies with an opportunity to make a significant difference in the communities served through traffic safety initiatives.
The Cobb County Police Department won a 1st place trophy (for a department of 500+ officers), a fully equipped 2011 Dodge Charger police car and $4000 (G.O.H.S. money used to purchase safety gear).
One of categories in the challenge was the use of available technology in a way that was truly cutting edge. In this area, the Cobb County Department of Public Safety in conjunction with Cobb County Board of Education launched a new Video Enforcement Program that is expected to make an impact on those traffic violators that do not stop for a school bus stop arm during the most vulnerable time of loading and unloading children. This high speed digital camera system captures the images of a vehicle, the license plate and its direction of travel while the driver is committing the misdemeanor violation. This digital information is ultimately sent to the Cobb County Police Department for investigation and possible future civil action. To date, the Board of Education has outfitted 102 buses with the stop arm detection system. Within the first two days of its use, 125 violations were recorded. In 2011 a law was amended by the Georgia Legislature which allowed the Video Enforcement Program to be used. Previous to this, violators could only be cited if a police officer witnessed the infraction. With the advent of the new Video Enforcement Program, motorists can now be cited based on an officer’s review of the digital recording.
SPECIAL NOTE:Upon request, the Cobb County Police Department’s Traffic Services Unit will make the Video Enforcement Program available to the media or public.
Release Date:11/13/12 @ 1555 hours
Released By:Officer Mike Bowman
Public Information Office