"Hands Across the Border" campaign to cut down on drunk driving heading into holiday

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Sunday, August 25, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Labor Day is just around the corner, and this year a checkpoint probably will be, too.

Today kicks off the 22nd "Hands Across the Border" DUI Enforcement Campaign. For the six days leading up to the Labor Day holiday, Georgia law enforcement will be working with all our border states to conduct road checks.

Police, sheriff's deputies, and state troopers throughout Georgia will rendezvous in communities near the state line to set up checkpoints and catch impaired drivers entering and leaving the state.

Officers hope the campaign will put a dent in the number of impaired drivers around the holiday.

"So many people see Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer and want to hit the road before fall rolls around," said Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. "Because so many people are going to be traveling leading up to Labor Day weekend, we want to make sure that drunk drivers don't turn someone's summer of fun into a summer of tragedy."

Richmond County deputies are warning drivers about increased patrols locally, too.

"Locally, you will see increased enforcement and patrols as well as road checks from Sunday August 25th through Monday, September 2nd. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office will be working closely with our partners from across the river and alongside DNR on the river to ensure our roadways and waterways are as safe as possible for law abiding individuals to enjoy their holiday travels", said Lt. Lewis Blanchard of the RCSO.

The increased police presence is to remind drivers Georgia has a zero tolerance policy for drunk driving.

In the past, this campaign has had a history of catching not only drunk drivers, but drug offenders, fugitives, drivers with outstanding warrants, unlicensed and uninsured drivers and drivers with improperly restrained child passengers.

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