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Sheriff's department rewarded for enforcement of seatbelt law

The McDuffie County Sheriff's Department's enforcement of the state's safety belt law has paid off.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety recently awarded the department $5,000 in "GOHS Incentive Bucks."

"We're not doing it for money or revenue," said McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall. "What we're really doing is trying to save lives with seat belts and speed checks we have set up. I think it's great and helps us to get equipment we would normally have to go to the commissioners and ask for."

McDuffie was awarded the grant due to their participation in traffic enforcement efforts.

"We recognize law enforcement offices across the nation," said Ricky Rich, the Special Operations Director at the GOHS. "We chose 80 offices and all of them were small, about 60 officers or less. McDuffie is a really great partner with the GOHS, and out of the 80 offices, McDuffie County was 23rd. ... McDuffie County's participation in networks, media, and transportation efforts is why they were rewarded."

Sheriff Marshall said he already has plans for the money.

"We have already attempted to purchase a hand-held laser or radar for traffic enforcement and some is going towards another camera to go in a car," he said.

Web posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006

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