"If you get stopped for a DUI, you TMre not going to get a slap on the wrist from us," said Lieutenant Tom Jackson of the Dougherty County Police Dept. "You TMre not going to get a drive home. You TMre not going to get a warning. You will be arrested and you will go to jail."
That TMs the message behind Operation Zero Tolerance, law enforcement TMs statewide campaign targeting impaired drivers that began today.
Labor Day weekend is right around the corner and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of every ten drivers on the road will be impaired.
To combat the problem, police agencies around the state are stepping up patrols, looking for anyone who may pose a danger to other drivers.
"Sometimes, they TMll be quite obvious to us," said Jackson. "People that can TMt maintain their lane or committing traffic violations. Sometimes, it may not be so obvious. Sometimes, it TMs just a person that TMs in a hurry to get from point A to point B."
In addition to increased patrols, officers will also be setting up sobriety checkpoints. They TMll be checking for driver TMs licenses, proof of insurance and registration, as well as making sure the driver behind the wheel has not had too much to drink.
And if you TMre caught, the consequences can be stiff.
"Your car TMs going to be towed. You TMre going to be arrested. You TMre going to spend a night in jail, at the minimum. You TMre going to have to post bond to get out and then, more than likely, you TMre going to have to get a lawyer," said Jackson.
In the case of a crash, the results could be much worse.
"A lot of times, the survival rate is very low because of entanglement and a lot of times if you TMre impaired, you don TMt have your safety belt on and you TMre just not paying attention," added Battalion Chief Keith Ambrose of the Albany Fire Department.
For more information on Operation Zero Tolerance, visit: http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/zero.html