Operation Zero Tolerance

The countdown is on: tonight at midnight, millions will ring in the year 2003. While many people are planning their celebrations, law enforcement agencies are making their plans.

Traditionally, New Year's Eve is a time many people will be drinking alcoholic beverages, which can lead to fights and most importantly, drunk drivers. The Georgia State Patrol is participating with other agencies across the state in Operation Zero Tolerance. The high-visibility program targets impaired drivers through saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. Police want people who will be out tonight to remember several important things.

"We want everybody to enjoy the holidays but be careful driving, drive safely, make sure to use a seat belt and if you do drink, don't drive," said Sgt. Anthony Gallo of the Savannah PD's Traffic Division.

Last year, 14 people lost their lives in traffic accident across Georgia during the New Year's holiday period.

Reported by: Steven Shoob, sshoob@wtoc.com