Georgia's drunken driving crackdown kicks off

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Georgia's end-of-summer impaired driving crackdown Operation Zero Tolerance starts Friday.

The statewide enforcement is aimed at getting drunken drivers off the roads. Officers will enforce impaired driving laws at all times of the day and night and more than 500 Georgia Traffic Enforcement Network member agencies are planning DUI counter measures across the state this summer.

The effort is part of a national campaign called Over the Limit, Under Arrest.

Every Labor Day, Georgia conducts sobriety checkpoints. Last Labor Day, there were 2,401 traffic crashes last Labor Day during the 78-hour travel period around the holiday, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. Nineteen people died and 1,069 Georgians were injured. In 2008, more than 1,000 people were injured while traveling on Georgia highways during that holiday period.

The 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. campaign, which started on Memorial Day and runs until Labor Day. It is highway safety enforcement strategy involving several jurisdictions that aims to reduce traffic fatalities.

During the 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. police, sheriff's deputies, state troopers and State Motor Carrier Compliance officers crack down on the high-speed drivers, drunken drivers, and those not wearing seat belts, according to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

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