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June 1, 2015
Two police cars sit in front of each other.

When you drive down a Georgia highway, there are 2 separate forces looking out for your safety whether you know it or not. It just so happens that they both have very similar (and potentially confusing) names. Let’s take a quick look at the similarities and differences between the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

Does the phrase “Click It or Ticket” sound familiar to you? That’s because it’s one of the more well-known campaigns launched by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety! This highly successful program has increased seatbelt usage in Georgia to an impressive 90%.

That’s just one of the several safety campaigns sponsored by GOHS, with some of the others including Operation Zero Tolerance and H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic). The purpose of GOHS is to lower the number of deaths and injuries on Georgia’s roads, and they go about this mission by teaming up with local law enforcement agencies and by launching their own educational campaigns and programs to better teach Georgians about highway safety.

Do you want to learn more about bicycle safety education programs? What about pedestrian safety programs? The GOHS website is the place to go! Check out their partner links page as well as their general links page to learn more about highway safety.

Georgia Department of Public Safety

Similar to GOHS, the Georgia Department of Public Safety is focused on keeping Georgia’s drivers as safe as possible as they travel on the highways. However, DPS goes about their mission in a different way than GOHS when it comes to the day-to-day enforcement of highway safety.

DPS oversees the everyday operations of the Georgia State Patrol, Capitol Hill Police and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division, which issues permits for taxi services, limos and tow trucks. They also issue important forms and permits that you probably didn’t know were part of DPS; these include the excess property form, vehicle light form and the medical exemption to window tint law form.

While GOHS is more focused on educating the public about safety, DPS looks more towards enforcing safety measures on Georgia’s highways and roads. Both of these organizations are committed to keeping citizens safe as they go about their daily driving routines.

Time for a review of what we’ve learned about these two agencies:

  • Who would you contact if you wanted to know more about bicycle safety education programs? GOHS.
  • Where would you go if you wanted to learn more about the Georgia State Patrol? DPS.
  • What website will be your resource for Georgia driving data? GOHS.
  • Where will you go if you need to find a form to transport hazardous materials? DPS.

Now that we’ve covered some basic facts about GOHS and DPS, you can have a better idea of how these two similar yet different agencies serve the state of Georgia’s residents. Both are committed to keeping drivers safe from all kinds of potential hazards that might be encountered, and make our roadways a better place to drive.

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Blogger for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.

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