LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - Georgia State Patrol troopers will be stepping up their enforcement this weekend and will also be working extra closely with law enforcement in Florida and all of Georgia's border states to crack down on unsafe drivers.
"This is a very, very busy time. College football kicks off in a big way this weekend. There'll be racing at Hampton, NASCAR, and a lot of people will be coming right up I-75 coming back from their vacations," said Harris Blackwood, Director of the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
Wednesday morning, law enforcement agencies from Florida and Lowndes County came together at the Georgia Welcome Center on I-75 as part of the "Hands Across The Borders" campaign to emphasize that the law enforcement agencies do not just stop at their state lines.
"Today is just a reminder that highway safety does not stop at the city limits, the county line, or the state line," Blackwood explained. "It is equally important on both sides of the state line in Georgia and Florida."
Harrell Reid is the Sheriff in Hamilton County, Florida. He spoke during the meeting about the good working relationship he has with Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine.
"We consider there to be no state line; we go back and forth," Reid emphasized. "If his people need to come to my county, they come, they don't have to call and ask, and vice versa."
Florida Highway Patrol troopers said one of their main goals this weekend is to decrease the number of fatalities compared to Labor Day weekend in 2013.
"During the Labor Day weekend last year in Florida, there were 36 fatal crashes and eight of those were due to an impaired driver," said a major with the Florida Highway Patrol.
So, that means...
"If we catch you driving impaired, you will go to jail. No excuses," the major said. A message drivers can expect law enforcement in both states to uphold this weekend.