ATLANTA — Georgia authorities are cracking down on drunken drivers this Labor Day in a bid to reduce the number of fatalities during the end-of-summer holiday.
As part of the statewide Operation Zero Tolerance campaign and in conjunction with the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over effort, authorities will be aggressively targeting motorists who they suspect had too much to drink.
“We want people to know that we won’t tolerate drunk driving,” Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood said in a news release. “No excuses. No warnings. If people are caught driving impaired, they will be arrested.”
A total of 34.7 million Americans are projected to travel at least 50 miles this Labor Day, a 1.3 percent increase over 2013 and the highest for the holiday since 2008, according to AAA. Of those, nearly 86 percent, or 29.7 million, will take a road trip.
“There are so many beautiful lakes and coastal communities to visit in Georgia and we want everyone to enjoy Labor Day weekend and cool off,” Blackwood. “But we also want them to get home safely and this campaign will help ensure that.”
According to authorities, there were 3,497 wrecks in Georgia during the 2012 Labor Day holiday. A total of 22 people died in those crashes and another 1,161 were injured, officials said.
Nationally, 390 people died in wrecks during the 2012 Labor Day holiday, and one person died every 34 minutes on average during the 2012 holiday, according to Georgia authorities citing statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
One quarter of the crashes nationwide during that 2012 holiday involved a driver with a BAC of .15 or more, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 in all 50 states.
For more information, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.