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Georgia police to start crackdown on DUI, speeding and seat belts

A drunken driving charge is a very serious situation which could lead to fines or even jail time. Along with the social stigma that a Georgia DUI arrest may bring, motorists may also face driving restrictions or a revoked license. The severity of a DUI punishment depends on a variety of factors including the blood-alcohol content of a motorist and whether the alleged drunk driving resulted in a car accident.

More Georgia residents are at risk for receiving DUI convictions as police officers around the state resume an annual summer crackdown on DUI and speed. Georgia police departments will begin the eighth consecutive "The 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T" campaign in order to reduce potential highway fatalities during Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

The H.E.A.T. campaign, which stands for "Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic," will result in a dramatic increase in the scale and visibility of law enforcement on Georgia streets.

The Director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety said that law enforcement officials "will be setting their sights on dangerous speeders, impaired drivers and motorists who still insist on texting while driving." The increase enforcement starts next Monday, May 23rd. The Director also warned that drunk drivers will "go straight to jail" during this time of increased enforcement.

In addition to targeting drunk drivers, law enforcement officers will also focus on seat belt use and the use of child booster seats in accordance with the state's new booster seat law. This law requires Georgia children to be placed in a child seat or restraint device until age eight.

Source: The Chattanoogan, "Georgia Office Of Highway Safety Announces Click It Or Ticket Campaign," May 20, 2011