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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

EARLY COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Six states across the south are teaming up to catch drunk and careless drivers this week. It's the 19th year for the "hands Across the Border" campaign leading up to Labor Day weekend.

Sheriff's Deputies and officers performed road checks at on Highway 62 and Highway 84 on both sides of the Alabama Georgia Border in Early County Monday evening.

Troopers also urged officers to look out for themselves when they pull people over on the side of the road. A GSP chopper was also present to assist police if someone ran from police during the checks.

"We're looking for impaired drivers, whether they're under the influence of alcohol or drugs," said Bruce Womble with the Cairo Police Department. "We're trying to reduce the fatality rate by getting impaired drivers off the roads."

Alabama and Georgia officers had three Bat Mobiles on site. They serve as intoxication test locations and holding cells. Officers will conduct similar road checks at several other state line locations throughout the week.

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