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Members of the H.E.A.T. unit conduct an educational “Ghost Out” on traffic safety earlier this year at River Ridge High School. The H.E.A.T. unit last week received approval for federal funding for the third year.

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office was informed this week by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety that its Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic federal grant application of $127,144 has been approved, officials said.

This will be the third year the agency’s H.E.A.T. Unit has been federally funded under Sheriff Frank Reynolds. The grant is effective through Sept. 30, 2020.

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office has three deputies assigned to the H.E.A.T. Unit, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker. “Their main job is to target aggressive driving with the goal of reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities on the roadways. H.E.A.T. deputies also attend many school and public functions to educate the public about impaired and aggressive driving,” he said.

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