According to an article in The Telegraph, Georgia law enforcement officers started their annual “Zero Tolerance” operation over the weekend, and it will run through the popular July 4th holiday travel time.
The yearly event that’s part of the “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” program aims to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries caused by drunk and impaired drivers on Georgia roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 392 people died in the U.S. two years ago during the Fourth of July holiday. More than one-third of these wrecks involved a driver with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more. The large number of deaths show a need for law enforcement to have this yearly crack down as a result of law breakers.
Statistics show that young people between the ages of 18 and 34 made up 46 percent of the impaired driving fatalities in 2010. This means that almost half of the 298 people killed in alcohol-related accidents during that year were way too young to have their lives cut short because of one night of irresponsible activities.
Police will be setting up sobriety checkpoints and a denser concentration of patrols in a larger than usual number of areas. Make sure you’re being responsible and be on the look out for suspicious habits of the other drivers around you. If you see people swerving, not using signals, driving at night with their headlights off, or speeding wildly, make sure you alert the proper authorities. The Georgia State Patrol and cell phone providers in Georgia now offer Star G-S-P service for drivers to report suspected impaired drivers. It’s a free call, and you will be connected with the nearest GSP post to your location. Dial Star G-S-P (*477) from your cell phone.
Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood stated that “The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays due to an increase in impaired driving fatalities.” At Ty Wilson Law, we urge you not to become another statistic, and obey the law. Have a happy Independence Day! And remember…
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