Georgia law enforcement officials will be out in full-force over the Labor Day weekend looking for drunk drivers, aggressive drivers and speeders. Law enforcement officials are reminding the public of Georgia's policy of Operation Zero Tolerance, which started August 20 and will continue through Labor Day.
Director Bob Dallas of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety explains that OZT means that if a driver is over the legal limit, they will not receive just a citation or a warning, but they will go to jail. Motorists who are impaired with a blood-alcohol level of .08 will be arrested, even if they are first-time offenders.
The Batmobile will also probably be out and about. The Batmobile is a command center vehicle that has all the equipment for testing for DUI, including the Intoxilyzer 5000.
The Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Col. Bill Hitchens said that there were no alcohol-related deaths over the last Labor Day holiday, but there was one drug-related traffic fatality. Last year there were 1,197 crashes reported between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Monday. As a result of those crashes, 867 people were injured and 15 people were killed.
Georgia law enforcement and safety officials are hoping for zero fatalities, but they are statistically predicting and preparing for more than 2,000 crashes, 900 injuries and 18 deaths.
Please drive safely over the Labor Day weekend!
Don't drink and drive; buckle up for holiday (Albany Herald)