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"Operation Zero Tolerance" Targets Drunk Drivers

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ATLANTA, GA (WTVM) -  Drivers beware: Operation Zero Tolerance is in full effect across Georgia. Cops are zeroing in on those who choose to drink and drive.

According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, around 1600 Georgians are killed every year in crashes; a third of those involve impaired drivers.

Police say five people lost their lives in Columbus last year at the hands of those driving under the influence.

"The point here is that too many Georgians are dying on our roadways during the year especially the holiday time because people choose to drink and drive," said Bob Dallas, Director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

Cops are hitting major roadways and side streets and they're not just setting up checkpoints.

"They also will include the roving patrols and that's where the officers are trained to see how we drive- if they see us weaving when we shouldn't, if we aren't acting like the average unimpaired driver does. And a lot of times, it's an observance of those speeding excessively or not wearing their safety belt because most of the time, the impaired driver is an individual who chooses to take inordinate risks," Dallas explained.

Officials say the goal of the entire operation is prevent their sobering statistics from becoming a reality this time around.

"We can make the right decisions not to drink and drive and save a lot of live that would otherwise be lost," said Dallas.

Operation Zero Tolerance goes from now until the end of Labor Day weekend.

In conjunction with this, authorities are also getting ready for the "Hands Across the Border" detail next weekend.

Unannounced checkpoints will be set up all over Columbus and Phenix City.

Police are keeping the checkpoints under wraps. We can't tell you when or where but they'll be happening.

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