New traffic patrol cars to hit Richmond Co. streets - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

New traffic patrol cars to hit streets in time for Masters

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Some new patrol cars will be hitting the streets starting Tuesday night - just in time to beef up patrols for next week's Masters Tournament. 

The three new Richmond County Sheriff's Office cars have a different look on the outside and require more training to drive.

"It's definitely going to be an extra tool and we're excited to have it," said Sgt. Danny Whitehead of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. 

The new cars will be on the streets as part of the Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic, or HEAT for short. The new initiative is part of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, and the cars look different from what people are used to seeing in Richmond County.

"They're actually blue patrol vehicles," Whitehead said. "It's not going to be what people usually see, the black or gray or the all silver traffic."

Part of the requirements the three officers had to pass in order to drive a HEAT car include training in several specialized areas.

"The officers in those are actually trained for all of our traffic situations and are highly trained in the areas of DRE as far as drug recognition when it comes to impaired driving whether it be by drugs or alcohol," Whitehead said.

The new cars come just in time for one of the busiest weeks for Augusta - Masters week.

"Any extra resources we can get Masters week always helps," Whitehead said. "The reason being we have a lot more vehicles on the roadway so anytime we're dealing with more vehicles on the roadway we have more problems as far as crashes come."

And the goal of this program is to help keep drivers safe and the lower the number of fatal car crashes in the CSRA.

"We see it as an extra tool to help battle what we already do battle each day as far as trying to reduce crashes," Whitehead said.

For more information on the HEAT program visit the website.

Copyright 2014 WFXG. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • WH insists Trump's no racist as he vilifies another minority

    WH insists Trump's no racist as he vilifies another minority

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-08-14 04:26:12 GMT
    Wednesday, August 15 2018 4:14 PM EDT2018-08-15 20:14:15 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, center, is flanked by White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, left, and  then-Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Ben Carson as he speaks ...(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, center, is flanked by White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, left, and then-Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Ben Carson as he speaks ...

    Beyond their war of words, the row touched on several sensitive issues in Trump's White House, including a lack of racial diversity, security in the executive mansion and a culture that some there feel borders on paranoia.

    More >>

    Beyond their war of words, the row touched on several sensitive issues in Trump's White House, including a lack of racial diversity, security in the executive mansion and a culture that some there feel borders on paranoia.

    More >>
  • Dems pick 'firsts,' GOP goes for Trump fave in primaries

    Dems pick 'firsts,' GOP goes for Trump fave in primaries

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 2:21 AM EDT2018-08-15 06:21:11 GMT
    Wednesday, August 15 2018 3:59 PM EDT2018-08-15 19:59:55 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, center, a transgender woman and former utility executive, is greeted by her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, center, a transgender woman and former utility executive, is greeted by her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.

    Democrats in Vermont have nominated the nation's first transgender candidate for governor, one of many firsts from Tuesday's primaries.

    More >>

    Democrats in Vermont have nominated the nation's first transgender candidate for governor, one of many firsts from Tuesday's primaries.

    More >>
  • Genoa bridge collapse kills 39, forces hundreds from homes

    Genoa bridge collapse kills 39, forces hundreds from homes

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 3:26 AM EDT2018-08-15 07:26:11 GMT
    Wednesday, August 15 2018 3:43 PM EDT2018-08-15 19:43:39 GMT
    (Vigili Del Fuoco via AP). In this photo released by the Italian firefighters, rescue teams work among the rubble of the collapsed Morando highway bridge in Genoa, northern Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with Fr...(Vigili Del Fuoco via AP). In this photo released by the Italian firefighters, rescue teams work among the rubble of the collapsed Morando highway bridge in Genoa, northern Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with Fr...

    Rescue and recovery efforts continued through the night into the morning in Italy following the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa, while authorities raised the death toll to 35 with three missing.

    More >>

    Rescue and recovery efforts continued through the night into the morning in Italy following the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa, while authorities raised the death toll to 35 with three missing.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly