Multi-state initiative looks to crack down on DUIs

Sunday, August 25, 2019
News 12 at 6

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Law enforcement is wrapping up their anti-DUI campaign with Hands Across the Border, a multi-state initiative where local and state agencies across three states will be cracking down on drunk drivers.

Jada Banks knows exactly what can happen if you drink and drive.

"The next time I looked up the lights were in my car, it was in my car," Banks said

A year ago, Banks was hit by a drunk driver while working as a pizza delivery driver. The incident left Banks with a black eye and gashes from shattered glass.

She says her truck took most of the blow.

Banks' accident happened in Cleveland, Ohio but, it could have been anywhere.

According to the Department of Highway Safety, in 2016, 1,554 people died in Georgia from impaired drivers.

Last year, nearly 22,000 DUI arrests were made in South Carolina

"People need to be accountable, you know? Alcohol is legal, but it's illegal to drank and drive, so I think people need to start thinking about that," Banks said.

Law enforcement is working to hold these people accountable with the Hands Across the Boarder campaign.

Accidents like these not only are responsible for taking lives, but for people like Banks, the accident has scarred her for life.

"Directly after it happened I didn't go to work anymore, I was scared to get in my car to go to work because I was scared that a car would hit me," Banks said. "I was so nervous."

Highway safety in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina will continue to push initiative until Sept. 2, 2019. So heads up for all of you on the road during the holiday weekend this is your final warning.

Drinking and driving is against the law and you will be punished.

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