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Georgia officials are looking for drunk drivers

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Red, white, and blue will be streaming the sky this holiday weekend, but they will also be streaming highways.

The Governor's Office of highway safety kicked off its Operation Zero Tolerance initiative for the 4th of July weekend.

Agencies throughout central and south Georgia will hit the road to remind drivers that they will be out in full force during this holiday weekend.

Police will be making sure motorists are slowing down, driving sober, and buckling up.

"Today we are making I-75 as safe as possible," says Harris Blackwood, Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director.

That is the goal of nearly every law enforcement jurisdiction from Macon down to the Florida line for this weekend.

"We are doing this to lower the number of fatalities and make this road as safe as possible," says Blackwood.

July Fourth holiday is one of the most dangerous times of year to get behind the wheel.

Officials are hoping to change that this weekend.

During Operation Zero Tolerance, police will be using road checks and concentrated patrols to enforce the over the limit under arrest policy.

Officers say if you are driving drunk you wont be going home, you will be going to jail.

"It is a serious offense and we take it seriously," says Blackwood.

He says make sure you arrange for a sober driver before you start drinking.

"The state of Georgia has a high number of alcohol related deaths as a result of drinking and driving," says Lt. Ron Warren, Georgia State Patrol.

One out of five fatal crashes in Georgia each year is alcohol related.

"We definitely do not want to see a family that is devastated by the news that a loved one has died in a crash," says Warren.

He says they are hoping the strict enforcement this weekend will prevent any deaths.

"We want people to go on their July 4th vacations and come back home safely on Georgia roads," says Blackwood.

Officers say you need to drive sober, plan for a designated driver, and buckle up.

Across the nation in 2009, motor vehicle crashed killed 410 people during the Fourth of July holiday period. Of that number, 40 percent involved drivers who were over the legal limit.

You'll be charged with D.U.I. if your blood alcohol content .08.

 

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