NWGA Scanner | August 20th, 2021
The Cohutta Police Department hosted the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Mountain Traffic Enforcement Network meeting Thursday night. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, in cooperation with state and local law enforcement agencies, created the regional Traffic Enforcement Networks around the State of Georgia. There are currently sixteen regional traffic enforcement networks servicing all 159 counties in Georgia. The regional networks are open to all sworn law enforcement officers and prosecutors and are designed to enhance traffic enforcement activities through networking, training, and legislation. The networks serve as a catalyst for traffic enforcement officers to voice their concerns and share ideas with their counterparts from other agencies in their region. The Mountain Area Traffic Enforcement Network (MNTEN) includes Whitfield, Catoosa, Dade, Walker, Murray, Gordon, Bartow, Floyd, Polk, and Chattooga County. MNTEN is Coordinated by Sergeant Christy Nicholson of the Calhoun Police Department and is assisted by Chief Chad Cardin of the Northwest Georgia Technical College Police Department. Officer enjoyed some great BBQ while longtime DUI Defense lawyer Ralph Hinman spoke about DUI cases and laws. Officers from Ringgold Police Department, Dalton Police Department, Rome Police Department, Chatsworth Police Department, Cohutta Police Department, Calhoun Police Department, Euharlee Police Department, and troopers from the Georgia State Patrol. After the meeting, a safety check was held on Cleveland Highway (GA-71) at Old Mill Road near the state line. Several arrests were made for driving for no insurance, suspended license, no valid license, etc. An officer from the Euharlee Police Department noticed an open container and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from a jeep. After further investigation, officers and a trooper located meth in the vehicle. All three children in the vehicle were turned over to another family member. GOHS members also assisted with replacing and properly installing several car seats in cars.