FDOT awarded the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) a black 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe, valued at $43,000, through a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) grant. The state-of-the-art vehicle is designed for traffic enforcement, traffic safety, and educational purposes. It has 50 emergency lights to provide better visibility and is equipped with a siren that is designed to vibrate the ground. Wakulla County was chosen to receive the vehicle based on traffic enforcement needs and road fatality data.
Its technology can stream live video to smartphones, send still photographs to any division within the WCSO, and give video reports of traffic stop locations. The vehicle contains a secure transportation cage for prisoners and plenty of storage space for materials needed during road patrol. The Tahoe is being used to keep drunk drivers off the road during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national drunk driving campaign, which began Friday, August 16 and continues until Monday, September 2.