To sow how much they care about the safety of everyone on the road this coming Labor Day weekend, Georgia police will be participating in the 21st Annual ‘Hands Across the Border’ intra-state impaired driving and highway safety crackdown. The joint effort by police in Georgia and across the southeast means increased patrols, random DUI checkpoints and a zero-tolerance attitude toward DUI regardless of who you are or where you are from.
Starting this past Sunday and leading up to Labor Day weekend, police, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers throughout Georgia will rendezvous in communities near the state line to set up checkpoints and catch impaired drivers entering and leaving Georgia. Their goal is to make certain nobody thinks they can cruise to the state for a few beers and then cruise home, safe and sound. Or vice-versa.
In Georgia, as in all states, the blood alcohol limit for a DUI is .08 percent. Just one beer, one glass of wine or one shot of liquor is enough to send some people over the limit. And not many people stop at just one. Being under the influence of alcohol slows reaction time, impairs your ability to operate heavy machinery (cars weigh more than a ton, so they count as ‘heavy machinery’) and also serious impairs your judgement.
Drunk driving remains a leading of traffic related fatalities in the United States, despite recent attention on the dangers of distracted driving. Three day weekends and holidays, especially Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Labor Day, are statistically and historically known to be trouble times when it comes to the number of drunk drivers on the road.
And Georgia police intend to be ready for anything.