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Operation Zero Tolerance kicks off

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Sgt. Dana Harnage, Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Dana Harnage, Georgia State Patrol
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

You can expect to see more state troopers on the roads through the July Fourth holiday. It's part of their Operation Zero Tolerance Campaign.  

Georgia State Troopers are out in full force and keeping their eyes on anyone driving under the influence.  

"Through concentrated patrols and road checks and we'll just be out looking for drunk drivers the whole time," said Sgt. Dana Harnage with Georgia State Patrol.    

According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, crashes have decreased in the last year, but there are still fatalities every five hours during this summer holiday. State troopers want that number to be zero.  

"The crashes do increase during the holiday period and it seems like we do have more that are alcohol impaired or drug impaired during the holiday period because everybody is celebrating," said Sgt. Harnage.  

Sgt. Harnage says if you're Blood Alcohol Content is above the legal limit of .08, you'll find yourself in the backseat of a patrol car.  

"They're taken to jail, they can lose their license for up to a year or longer depending on how many DUI's they've had in the past," said Sgt. Harnage.    

He says if you've had a drink you should think twice before getting behind the wheel.    

"Don't drive," said Sgt. Harnage. "If you're going to drink and go to a party or something have a designated sober driver and leave the keys at home, let them drive you."  

The busiest travel time for the holiday is between July 3rd and the 6th. Operation Zero Tolerance will wrap up on July 6th at midnight.

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