The Dalton Police Department played host to the monthly meeting of MATEN II (Mountain Area Traffic Enforcement Network 2) on Thursday, February 27th. 75 law enforcement agencies were represented at the meeting which was held at the Mack Gaston Community Center on ML King Boulevard in Dalton.
At the meeting Thursday, officers from participating agencies ate dinner catered by John's Bar-B-Q and then attended a training session on child safety seats. After that, the officers set up a planned road check near the intersection of Morris Street and McGhee to check for safety belt violations and driver's license compliance. 30 citations were issued during the road check for various infractions including seat belt violations and child safety seat violations. 7 arrests were made for offenses including driving with a suspended license.
MATEN II is one of 16 regional networks of law enforcement agencies organized by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to focus on and improve traffic enforcement and safety in the region. The network is made up of law enforcement Whitfield, Catoosa, Dade, Walker, Murray, Gordon, Bartow, Floyd, Polk, and Chattooga counties. Meetings are held each month in the home jurisdiction of one of the participating agencies.
Below: Officers take part in a training session and dinner as part of the monthly MATEN II meeting.