The Charlton County Sheriff’s Office announced today that it has been awarded a major traffic enforcement grant in the amount of $23,454.56 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta.

The Charlton County Sheriff’s Office received the grant in recognition of its lifesaving work as the coordinating agency of GOHS’s Coastal Area Traffic Enforcement Network. There are sixteen traffic enforcement networks across the state that help enforce Georgia’s year-round safety belt, speeding and impaired driving campaigns.

“This is our way of supporting the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office through its continued leadership via Coordinator William L. Hires and the coastal area traffic enforcement network,” said GOHS Law Enforcement Services Director Roger Hayes. “We want to make sure they can continue their region-wide efforts to protect Georgia motorists from drunk and otherwise dangerous drivers. They’ve proven their dedication and this grant serves not only as recognition for that hard work, but as means for continuing the GOHS mission of reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities on our roads.”

The Coastal Area Traffic Enforcement Network includes law enforcement agencies in 14 counties, which include Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Liberty Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Tattnall, Ware, and Wayne.

“We are very proud to be a part of the Coastal Area Traffic Enforcement Network. The network is an invaluable tool and provides assistance to the Sheriff’s Office at nearly every roadcheck and sobriety checkpoint we do. It’s great to have a good support network to help us keep our streets and highways safe for everyone,” said Sheriff Dobie Conner. “Captain Hires has been a fantastic resource and we greatly appreciate this grant, which will allow us to provide safety equipment for our deputies and maintain our traffic patrols.”

The coordinator in the coastal area traffic enforcement network region will coordinate year-round waves of high visibility, concentrated patrols, multi-jurisdictional roadchecks and sobriety checkpoints as a partner in campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and 100 Days of Summer HEAT. 

For more information on the Charlton County Sheirff’s Office award, contact Eric Crews at 912-496-7321 or visit the office at 1548 Third Street, Folkston. For more information on the grant program, call 404-656-6996 or visit