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Cops join for 'Hands Across the Border'

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

We've got a warning for you from law enforcers.

They are cracking down on drunk drivers through Labor Day weekend.

158 uniformed officers from 3-states shared that message Tuesday Bainbridge.

It's called Hands Across the Border.

It's designed to show you that law enforcers in south Georgia are working closely with officers in Florida and Alabama to keep you safe by getting dangerous drivers off the road.

So many law enforcers holding hands may seem like an unusual sight, but for those who serve and protect, it means saving lives.

"In any business or in any government entity, communication means a lot. So we are communicating with each other, with these three agencies, in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama," said Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin.

158 officers from 24 different agencies in three different states honored their badges Tuesday morning inside and out of Bainbridge State College's Kirbo Center.

"We share the same criminals. Criminals do not respect state lines. It's important that our counterparts know what we are doing. And we pass similar laws. Our laws are not exactly the same, but they are similar," said Griffin.

These partnerships are especially important for Jackson County, Florida Sheriff Louis Roberts.

Jackson is the only county in Florida to share borders with both Georgia and Alabama.

"Day or night we can pick up the phone or we can be there at that state line or if we need to we can cross that state line to make sure that we enforce the laws and make sure the motoring public is safe," said Roberts.

A main focus for Hands Across the Border is to advocate against drinking and driving for Labor Day and beyond.

"We will have zero tolerance for drinking and driving. A drunk driver will go to jail. There will be no warnings. They will go to jail," said Griffin.

And these tactics were tested last night with a cooperative road block resulting in more than 50 citations.

"The road blocks that we do and the education that we do does make a difference. It shows in our statistics, the more we educate, the more we enforce the law, it brings our statistics down," said Griffin.

Along with DUI checks, law enforcers will be out in full force checking for seat belts, proper child restraints, and drugs.

The Georgia Hands Across the Border campaign will continue to visit other cities throughout the state before finishing up Friday in Savannah.

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