'Operation Zero Tolerance' launching program to deter holiday drunken driving

'Operation Zero Tolerance' launching program to deter holiday drunken driving

ATLANTA (WTVM) - Operation Zero Tolerance begins on Dec. 12 and that means increased patrols and high visibility enforcement in Georgia.

During this DUI enforcement campaign and every day, if you're over the limit, you'll be under arrest. No warnings. No excuses.

is launching its annual zero tolerance campaign in conjunction with the National Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative to remind all motorists that no matter where they go, impaired driving will not be tolerated.

The legal blood alcohol limit is .08 in all 50 states so even if holiday travels take motorists over the state line, drunk drivers will spend the end of 2014 behind bars.

From Nov. 20 – Dec. 31, 2013, there were nearly 44,000 crashes that resulted in 13,142 injuries and 160 fatalities in Georgia. Eighteen people lost their lives to impaired drivers.

"Impaired driving crashes and fatalities are completely avoidable," GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said. "It's that simple. Arrange for a designated driver before your festivities begin or offer to be the sober driver for your friends and family. I want everyone to be able to ring in 2015 with their loved ones."

Drunken driving is not just a problem in Georgia. On average, 31 percent of all crash fatalities in America are alcohol-related, but on Christmas Day in 2012, that number increased to 36 percent.

To learn more about impaired driving safety and consequences as well as the Operation Zero Tolerance campaign, which will last through New Year's Day, visit


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