The Georgia State Patrol has been awarded a traffic safety H.E.A.T. grant of almost $1.8 million from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
The grant provides funding for GSP to continue the Nighthawks DUI Task Force as well as the department's Administrative License Suspension (ALS) Program, according to state officials.
The ALS program and the GSP Nighthawks were created in 2004. Under the ALS program, Georgia state troopers receive training, legal assistance and, in some cases, legal representation as they testify at Administrative License Suspension hearings for people charged with driving under the influence, officials said.