NWGA Scanner | March 21st, 2022
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. Officers, deputies, rangers and troopers enjoyed some BBQ while Georgia attorney and court solicitor Andrew Powell 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, Emerson Police Department, Rockmart Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Natural Resources Ranger, Motor Carrier Compliance Division officers, State Probation, GBI Agents, 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 citations were given for driving with no insurance, suspended license, no valid license, DUI etc.. A convicted felon Hells Angels motorcyclist was found to have felony warrants and in possession of a loaded firearm. Several small children with no car seat at all was given a free car seat by the Department of Public Health and Safety and was helped with properly instilling them. GOHS members also assisted with replacing old and outdated car seats in cars.