Operation Zero Tolerance DUI campaign launches for July Fourth
Georgia police officers, sheriff’s deputies and troopers from all over the state will be on the lookout for impaired driving during what has become one of the deadliest holidays of the year, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).
To combat impaired drivers, the GOHS will be launching its annual summer campaign of “Operation Zero Tolerance: Over the Limit, Under Arrest” on June 22. Lasting through the July Fourth holiday travel period, the campaign will include the participation of hundreds of law enforcement partner agencies from across Georgia in conjunction with the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 392 people were killed across the country during the Fourth of July travel period in 2010. Of those deaths, 39 percent were in crashes that involved at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
“July Fourth is a time we celebrate our nation’s independence,” said Harris Blackwood, director of the GOHS, “but we’re hoping this year, Georgia motorists will declare their independence from drunk driving.”