THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - With Labor Day less than a week away, dozens of law enforcement agencies in Hands Across the Border are working together to crack down on everything from drunk drivers to distracted drivers.
Over 100 law enforcers from Georgia and Florida are coming together tonight in Thomasville to ensure driver safety.
According to officials they plan to get drunk divers, impaired drivers and drivers with suspended licenses off the road. They also want to encourage people to follow the rules of the road.
"We want to try to get the message out to buckle up, put down those cell phones, don't drink and drive," said Senior Law Enforcement Liaison Powell Harrelson.
They will be setting up numerous road blocks around South Georgia with the goal to reduce the number of traffic fatalities.
"We don't want to have to knock on another door and tell somebody that their loved ones died in a crash because of someone using their cellphone, drinking or not having their seatbelt on," said Harrelson.
According to SWTEN Coordinator, Sgt. Bruce Womble, traffic fatalities are up by 12 percent. Currently there have been 870 deaths compared to last year's 800.
Last year in Florida more than two thousand people lost their lives on the road.
"31 of those were in our Tallahassee area and that's 31 families that have lost loved ones," said Captain Roger Norris of Florida's Highway Patrol.
Law enforcers say Hands Across the Border allows the agencies to come together for one common goal.
Hands Across the Border will hold road checks in Lake Park Wednesday night, St. Mary's on Thursday and in Savannah on Friday.