Highway patrol launches drunken driving campaign for Labor Day weekend

News 12 First at Five / Monday, Aug. 27, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, and if you plan to party, state troopers on both sides of the river have a warning for you.

The highway patrols in both Georgia and South Carolina will be cracking down on drunken drivers, making sure the roads stay safe.

One Hephzibah woman knows firsthand the impact a drunken driver can leave.

"I still think about it every day, every moment pretty much," said Sherry Milton.

It's been just over two months since deputies say a drunken driver hit and killed her husband on Father's Day.

"His life was taken prematurely. It should not have happened. It could have all been prevented if a person had've not been drinking and driving," she told News 12's Laura Warren.

With the Labor Day holiday coming up, state troopers from both sides of the river are teaming up to keep drunken drivers from taking other innocent lives.

"We're asking that if you are going to go out and celebrate the holiday, to have a designated driver so you can get to where you're going safely," said Georgia State Trooper Cunningham.

Troopers say if you're over the limit, they aren't going to think twice about locking you up.

"It's a good feeling to know an innocent life, or their life, may be saved that night," Cunningham said.

Milton says living with the effects of a drunken driver's bad choice is just too painful.

"She has affected my life forever, and no matter what happens to her, he won't be able to come back," she said.

"It's heartbreaking to see somebody lose a loved one, especially when we know we have families of our own that are out here driving," Cunningham said.

Troopers say the bottom line is that if you drink this holiday weekend and get behind the wheel, "You're going to get pulled over, and you're going to get arrested for drunk driving."

Along with drunken drivers, the highway patrols from Georgia and South Carolina will also be checking to make sure you're wearing your seat belt and that you're obeying the speed limit this holiday weekend. There will be a lot of troopers on the road and several road blocks as well.

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