Barrow unveils Humvee with very specific purpose

WINDER — The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office has unveiled its newest (and biggest) tool for encouraging kids to buckle up: a Humvee.

Earlier this week, BCSO and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety revealed a child passenger safety-themed Humvee at a Winder elementary school. The vehicle will be used to promote child passenger safety at community events like school presentations and car seat checks, officials said.

“We must take the necessary steps to protect our most precious resources, our children,” GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said in a news release. “When parents and caretakers are on the road, their children should be properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat to ensure their safety.”

During Wednesday’s event at Holsenbeck Elementary School, Barrow County deputies met with parents and students and distributed safety materials and T-shirts.

“The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office is very excited to unveil our newest tool in educating our citiens throughout the state of Georgia,” Sheriff Jud Smith said. “We value our citizens here in Barrow County and across this state and it is our hope that we continue to educate our citizens to buckle up, don’t text and drive, use the proper child safety seat and don’t drive impaired.”