Hands Across the Border unites Ga., Ala. officials to keep roads safe

(WTVM) - Law enforcement officials from throughout Georgia and Alabama gathered in Columbus on Monday to help kick off this year's Hands Across the Border.

This is the twenty-first year that Georgia has partnered with law enforcement from all bordering states to keep the roads safe during the busy Labor Day weekend.

Officials say there will be checkpoints for drivers throughout this week.

"We are conducting sobriety checkpoints of course looking for impaired drivers, but of course drivers' licenses will be checked," said Ricky Rich with the Office of Highway Safety. "Any fugitives, any drug arrests, anything to that may come across the checkpoint is what we are looking for."

Officials say about 130 officers helped with a checkpoint on the 13th Street bridge, Dillingham and Oglethorpe bridges Sunday night,

In two hours, they say 98 traffic citations were given including seat beat violations, child restraint violations and some driving-under-the-influence citations.

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