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DUI Offenders to Be Targeted During the Fourth of July Holiday

This year, Operation Zero Tolerance started on June 20 and runs through July 6.

The Operation Zero Tolerance campaign started on June 20 and will run through July 6. Credit: Patch File
The Operation Zero Tolerance campaign started on June 20 and will run through July 6. Credit: Patch File
By Hunt Archbold

Buckle up everyone and of course don't drink and drive!

The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many as friends and family gather to celebrate America with food, parades, parties and fireworks. However, for some, the holiday will go from festive to fatal when they choose to get behind the wheel after drinking. To help prevent needless tragedy, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is once again joining the national impaired driving effort to get drunk drivers off the road and into a jail cell.

To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July, law enforcement across the state will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger by being impaired behind the wheel. In Georgia, GOHS will launch Operation Zero Tolerance in conjunction with the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. If you’re over the limit, you’ll be under arrest.

“This July 4th holiday, you can show your patriotism by helping to make Georgia’s roads safer for everyone by driving sober or making sure you have a sober ride home,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood in a statement. “Drunk driving is a zero tolerance offense. No warnings. You will be arrested and you will go to jail. We repeat this message every year because it’s true.”

The good news is Fourth of July travel period crash and injury rates decreased slightly over the last year, but they were still far too high. Similarly, fatality rates remained even with six over a 30-hour travel period in 2012 and 20 over a 102-hour travel period in 2013. GOHS will continue Operation Zero Tolerance until those numbers reach zero.

“We are still experiencing one traffic fatality every five hours in Georgia during what is supposed to be a fun, summer holiday,” said Blackwood. “That means there are 20 people who won’t be celebrating our nation’s independence this year.”

This year, Operation Zero Tolerance started on June 20 and runs through July 6. The Fourth of July travel period with be a 78-hour period from July 3 to July 6.

This holiday travel period is not only dangerous here in Georgia. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows this time of year is particularly deadly nationwide. 

In 2012, 179 people were killed in crashes between 6 p.m. on July 3 and 5:59 a.m. on July 5. Furthermore, 44 percent of those fatal crashes involved alcohol impairment. Twenty eight percent of those crashes involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a Blood Alcohol Content of .15 or higher, which is almost twice the .08 legal limit in all 50 states.

These crashes are also disproportionately occurring at night. During that same 2012 holiday travel period, more than a third (39 percent) of drivers in nighttime fatal crashes were alcohol-impaired, as compared to 16 percent of drivers in fatal crashes during the day.

For more information on Operation Zero Tolerance, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.

Brent Seeger June 25, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Sure why not? It's not like theres an invasion of our southern borders taking place. So sure serve up some donuts and let the cops have a field day while the illegals rape, kill, plunder, and get subsidy for doing so.
Kristal Dixon June 25, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Not sure if the Georgia State Patrol or the Governor's Office of Highway Safety has the jurisdiction to patrol the U.S. borders...:-)
Brent Seeger June 25, 2014 at 04:19 PM
Well they certainly have the power to enforce laws and carry out checks for illegals here. Plus, as you being a member of the media should know, these illegals are being dumped across the US so there will be plenty of enforcement needs to go around. What Im saying is again, its law abiding citizens that take it in the shorts again while our lawless president lets illegals walk all over us and our laws then sends us a bill.

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