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DUI patrols increased for Labor Day weekend, shuttle services offered

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Dozens of law enforcement agencies are now manning check-points and tucked away in hidden spots along local highways for “Operation Across the Border” over the Labor Day holidays.

The campaign is to increase patrols for DUIs, among other traffic violations, over the holiday weekend.

But for those who plan to drink, there are a number of companies offering help from Pooler to Tybee Island.

For officials on Tybee Island, the first job is crowd control. Traffic there has doubled in the last few years, and one tour company thinks it may be part of the solution.

"If we can eliminate 10 or 15 cars off the road every hour, then that's part of the solution to the crowded traffic on Tybee,” said Ross Howard, Island Hoppers.

The Island Hoppers Tour Company hopes a temporary bus route will do just that.

Starting Friday, they'll be operating a shuttle that runs through high-traffic areas on the island.
It is $3 per ride, which the company said is practically at-cost for you as a rider. 

But their major goal is to cut back on DUIs.

"Rather than drink and drive, take the three dollars you'd spend for that drink and spend it taking the bus instead. It's a safer alternative," said Howard.

Being behind the wheel isn't the only problem. Tybee Ocean Rescue is increasing their staff for the busy weekend.

"Some people come out here and they have heat exhaustion, the first thing we ask them is, 'How much have you had to eat? How much have you had to drink?' And a lot of people say, 'I haven't had anything to eat.' And you have to have the food to absorb with the water. And also then they'll start drinking, and then we have to worry about heat exhaustion and dehydration,” said Capt. Chad Osterlund, Tybee Island Ocean Rescue.

If you look too intoxicated, lifeguards may not even let you in the water. But whether you're headed to the beach this weekend or not, police will have even more eyes on the roadways, especially at the state borders.

"One death is too many. Right now we're at about a 12 percent increase in deaths on Georgia roadways this year, and we want to bring that number down to zero. It's important for us to show the public that we're united, no matter what county you're in in Georgia, no matter what state you're in in the Southeast, we're all united in bringing fatalities down this Labor Day weekend,” said Powell Harrelson, Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The legal blood alcohol limit is the same in all 50 states, so police said no one has an excuse.

Any drunk drivers they pull over this weekend will go straight to jail.

If nothing else folks, think about the interruption to your driving, work and family life just being accused of a DUI will have. And then ask yourself if you've got the $10,000 to defend against it.

For more information on Island Hoppers, visit their website here.

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