Officer and Citizen Safety





































Officer and citizen safety is paramount to Sheriff Billy Hancock.  Having worked the roads, highways, and interstates throughout the State of Georgia for 33 years, he is all too aware of the dangers officers face each and every day.  In addition to speaking to law enforcement agencies across the nation on officer safety, Sheriff Billy Hancock has always been active lobbying for educational programs and laws to make roads safer throughout Crisp County and the State of Georgia. He demands a proactive approach to law enforcement.  As Ben Franklin once said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Sheriff Billy Hancock shares this philosophy and lives it daily. 



  Citizen Safety includes preventing identity theft.  Sheriff Billy Hancock encourages all Crisp County residents to take necessary steps to protect their identity.  ConsumerAffairs has provided a valuable resource guide about identity theft protection featuring hundreds of verified consumer reviews. 

Please visit the link below to review information on identity theft prevention and be informed prior to choosing an identity theft protection company.

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Georgia Helmet and Safety Laws


Wearing a helmet is mandatory in Georgia.


  • All riders under 16 years old must wear a helmet.
  • When transporting children 1 year old and under, you must securely seat them in a child passenger bicycle seat, or a bicycle trailer, or an infant sling.
  • When riding at night, your bike must be equipped with a white light that's visible from 300 feet away.
  • You cannot carry any package that prevents you from having at least 1 hand on the handlebars.
Cell Phones and Texting

All drivers under 18 years old years old are banned from cell phone use.

School bus drivers cannot use a cell phone while loading and unloading passengers, nor while the bus is in motion.

All drivers, regardless of age, are banned from texting while behind the wheel.

Headlight Laws

Headlights must be on a 30 minutes before sunrise. Headlights must also be on when it is raining and when visibility is reduced to under 500 feet.

Reporting Drunk/Unsafe Drivers

Dial 911 if you notice a driver behaving erratically behind the wheel. When you call, be ready to provide a car description, license plate number, and the direction of the vehicle.

Unattended Kids and Pets


If you suspect an unattended child is in trouble, dial 911 and remain at the car until authorities arrive.


There are no laws against leaving an unattended pet inside a vehicle. If you suspect a pet may be in danger, dial 911 and remain with vehicle in question until help arrives.

Child Car Seat Laws

  • Children under 8 years old must ride in an approved safety seat or booster that is suited for their height and weight.
  • Children eight years of age or younger must ride in the back seat. If the back seat is occupied by other passengers your child may ride in the front seat, provided he or she is secured in a booster or child safety seat.
  • Children over 8 years old must wear a seat belt.
  • Any child over 4'9' may use a seat belt in lieu of a booster seat.
  • Kids not requiring child seats may ride in front, provided he or she is older than 8 years old.

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Crisp County Sheriff's Office has purchased a speed trailer at no cost to the citizens. By using drug funds this trailer was purchased and will be used as a reminder to watch your speed as you travel the roads in Crisp County. This is another tool Sheriff Hancock is using to keep the citizens of Crisp County safe.


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AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
American Traffic Safety Services Association
Emergency Responder Safety Institute
End Needless

GA Department of Driver Services

GA DOT Teen Driving Safety

GA Governor's Office of Highway Safety

GA Teen Driver Education
IACP Highway Safety Committee
IACP Law Enforcement Stops & Safety Subcommittee
Institute for Transportation Research and Education
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Move Over America
National Conference of State Legislatures Highway Safety Legislative Tracking Database
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
National Safety Council
National Transportation Safety Board
Network of Employers for Traffic Safety
Roadway Safety Foundation
Smooth Operator Campaign
University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center

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