Operation Zero Tolerance

By: Stephanie Baker
By: Stephanie Baker

Seven people in Georgia have died in traffic crashes this Christmas weekend.

And local law enforcement is out in full-force to make sure that number doesn't rise.

They plan to ring in the new year by keeping the roads safe for you.

State troopers want to make sure driver Shatina Posey isn't one of the roughly two thousand accidents this holiday season.

"I didn't want another ticket...They said I was going 86 in a seventy mile zone," she said.

Close to five hundred people are predicted to get injured.

"It's hard to predict the number of people that are gonna die," said Lieutenant Donald Smith.

But the Georgia Department of Public Safety puts that number at fourteen.

Sargeant Mark Bentley is one of 750 troopers out.

They increase holiday patrols around Christmas and New Year.

Eleven people died during the holidays, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says someone dies in an alcohol-related crash every thirty minutes across the country.

Traveler Wanda King and her husband worry because five hundred of those crashes are in Georgia.

"I think they should set up checkpoints and keep the traffic under control and people under control for their safety," she said.

That's exactly what they're doing through January 2.

Law enforcement will set up road blocks through Operation Zero Tolerance.

Police say in the state of Georgia there were twenty six fatal accidents last year during the holidays.

And one of the most dangerous intersections in our area is Pleasant Home and Bobby Jones Expressway.

A roadblock will go in a dangerous area like this around New Year.

There have been 800 already this holiday season.

Sargeant Bentley warned Shatina Posey that fifty percent of traffic deaths could be avoided by buckling up.

"He was going to give me a warning this time by i need to take it easy and make sure that my son is buckled," she said.

But he might not go that easy on the next one he pulls over.

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