2021 marks the celebrated 22nd anniversary of the Georgia Governor's Challenge, an annual banquet hosted by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. The awards program recognizes statewide law enforcement agencies in nine different categories based on department size, as well as in several other specialty categories. This year's winners will be announced during the 2021 awards banquet hosted in October in Macon, GA.
Governor's Challenge is designed to highlight outstanding achievements in highway safety enforcement and education. It recognizes agencies for the approach and effectiveness of their overall highway safety programs. Agencies are evaluated not just for enforcement initiatives, but for innovative problem-solving in their communities, using public information activities and creating departmental policies that support their traffic enforcement campaign efforts.
The Georgia Governor’s Challenge is aligned with the national traffic safety priorities of impaired driving, occupant protection, and speed. Agencies are also encouraged to include information about any local issue you are addressing, such as distracted driving, pedestrian crashes, young drivers, etc.
Current Governor's Challenge award categories are as follows:
2021 APPLICATION PROCESS
**APPPLICATION DEADLINE IS 11:59PM ON FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2021**
The first step is to download and read the How-To-Guide. This guide is designed to assist you in assembling an application for the Challenge. These simple recommendations will make it easier for evaluators to locate the necessary information, thus giving your application an edge that could make a winning difference. The guide is your friend!
The application should document your agency’s overall traffic safety efforts in the areas of impaired driving, occupant protection, speeding, distracted driving, and any other local traffic safety issues.
TO BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION, VISIT https://gagovernorschallenge.com/ga-governors-challenge-2020.
Your username will be the same that you use for the GA Reporting website. The password may be different, if it doesn’t work after 2 attempts, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you have your account, you can access the application by clicking “Georgia Governor’s Challenge” in the menu. Throughout the application, there is a “Save Draft” option that will save your current work. Make sure to save your draft after every page.
CHALLENGE SCORING CATEGORIES
An agency may earn up to 205 points across seven (7) specific areas:
• Policy (25 points)
• Training (25 points)
• Incentives & Recognition (20 points)
• Public Information & Education (40 points)
• Enforcement (40 points)
• Effectiveness (40 points)
• Quality of Application (15 points)
Additional guidelines for the Special Awards can be found in the How-To Guide referenced above.
(For more information, contact Roger Hayes at 404-971-0379.)