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      Operation Zero Tolerance begins in GA

      "If you get stopped for a DUI, you're not going to get a slap on the wrist from us," said Lieutenant Tom Jackson of the Dougherty County Police Dept. "You're not going to get a drive home. You're not going to get a warning. You will be arrested and you will go to jail."

      That's the message behind Operation Zero Tolerance, law enforcement's 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'll be quite obvious to us," said Jackson. "People that can't maintain their lane or committing traffic violations. Sometimes, it may not be so obvious. Sometimes, it's just a person that's 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'll be checking for driver's 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're caught, the consequences can be stiff.

      "Your car's going to be towed. You're going to be arrested. You're going to spend a night in jail, at the minimum. You're going to have to post bond to get out and then, more than likely, you're 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're impaired, you don't have your safety belt on and you're 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

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