Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T)/Traffic Unit

Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T) is a multi-jurisdictional task force designed to combat aggressive traffic and educate communities across Georgia. Aggressive driving is identified as speeding, distracted driving, failure to use safety restraints, and impaired driving. The HEAT Unit have accepted the responsibility of reducing the likelihood of fatal accidents and serious injuries that is in direct result of aggressive driving.

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in October 2019. The HEAT Unit pays extensive attention to the following traffic laws:

  • Safety Belt 40-8-76.1 (OCGA)
  • Speeding 40-6-181 (OCGA)
  • Driving under the influence 40-6-391 (OCGA)

Other traffic violations are continuously enforced.

The HEAT Unit depend on traffic enforcement to ensure roadway safety. However, education and enforcement must go hand in hand to provide meaningful and safe impact. The HEAT Unit conducts educational events two times a month. The educational events are designed to teach the community the importance of following traffic laws. RCSO HEAT Unit also participates in GOHS campaign conferences (Click it or Ticket It and Drive Sober, Get Pulled Over) which, is broadcasted across the state. The HEAT Unit serves as community liaisons, educators, and enforcers. The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office HEAT Unit would like to remind you not to make the selfish decision to drive aggressively and place your own life and other lives in danger.

Traffic Unit is a specialized team of trained Investigators to monitor and enforce the traffic laws within the county. The Traffic Unit is responsible, not only to enforce traffic law, but to investigate serious injuries and fatal accidents that occur. Each Investigator receives training to become accident reconstruction experts to accurately determine the cause of a vehicle collision. They provide educational briefings to citizens, schools, and residential homeowners
associations. The equipment used for speed detection are RADAR and Lidar devices, which every member of the Traffic Unit has received training in. A speed detection trailer is an additional asset that can be utilized in many citizen complaint areas where speeding is a concern.

The Traffic Unit would like to remind you to, please watch your speed and wear your seatbelt.