Hands Across the Border kicks off ahead of Memorial Day weekend

Hands Across the Border kicks off ahead of Memorial Day weekend
In Georgia last year, there were 1,549 traffic deaths. (Source: WALB)
Troopers from Georgia and Florida are collaborating to get unsafe drivers off the roadways. (Source: WALB)
Troopers from Georgia and Florida are collaborating to get unsafe drivers off the roadways. (Source: WALB)

Southwest Georgia (WALB) - The 27th annual Hands Across the Border initiative kicked off Wednesday night with Georgia and Florida.

Troopers from both states are collaborating to get unsafe drivers off the roadways.

In Georgia last year, there were 1,549 traffic deaths. Troopers are hoping this initiative will help decrease that number.

Officials with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety said that Memorial Day kicks off the start of 100 days of summer.

Troopers will be cracking down, looking for impaired drivers, speeders and those driving while distracted.

"We shake hands, reaffirm all of our commitments to highway safety and the message we are trying to send out to everyone is to drive safely this summer," said Communication Manager Robert Hydrick with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

Georgia State Patrol troopers will also be working with neighboring states Alabama and Tennessee on these efforts.

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