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HEAT has zero tolerance for drunk drivers

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

December 19, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County's HEAT unit will have zero tolerance for drunk drivers this holiday season.

The Dougherty County Police Department kicked off Operation Zero Tolerance Friday. Over the next two weeks, they'll increase their number of road checks, specifically targeting drunk or buzzed drivers. During the holiday season they say you could be sharing the roads with more than 2.8 million drunk drivers who have three or more D-U-I convictions.

"We try to remind people through these enforcement campaigns hoping it will push them into not drinking and driving. That's our biggest goal. It's not about writing tickets and putting someone in jail it's about saving lives," said Lt. Thomas Jackson, Dougherty County Police.

Last year 18 people died on Georgia Highways during the Christmas holiday travel period. South Georgia roads are typically more dangerous because they're often rural, two land roads with no physical barriers separating oncoming traffic.

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