Don't spend America's birthday behind bars
Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:25:57 GMT —
Operation Zero Tolerance kicks off Friday, June 21st.
According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, alcohol-impaired crashes cause 23% of all traffic deaths in Georgia.
Friday, July 14th through Sunday, July 7th the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is partnering with law enforcement to arrest drivers who are above the legal alcohol limit of 0.08.
Officers remind everyone it isn't just yourself you are endangering when you drink and drive.
"If you're drinking and driving, it obviously affects your motor skills and your reaction time and if you're out there driving under the influence you could get in an accident and hurt someone or even worse, end up causing an accident where somebody might die," said Trooper Alex Davis with the Georgia State Patrol.
Georgia is already ahead of traffic deaths from this time last year. As of June 20th last year, the state had 499 deaths, but that number is 520 for this year.
This is the first year both the driving and boating alcohol limits are 0.08.