Hands Across the Border DUI campaign kicks off Monday

Published: Aug. 29, 2015 at 1:59 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 29, 2015 at 10:46 AM EDT
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(WTVM) - Law enforcement across the southeast, including Alabama and Georgia, are partnering to crack down on drunk drivers.

The "Hands Across the Border" campaign kicks off this Monday and runs through the Labor Day holiday weekend.  

Now in its 24th year, the law enforcement effort that operates across five states has been successful at catching dunk drivers as well as other road offenders and fugitives.

"We have been doing this for a long time," said Roger Hayes, Enforcement Services Director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. "Unfortunately, the reason we keep doing this campaign is because every year, we catch impaired, unbelted, uninsured and distracted drivers. While we would prefer if these motorists never hit the road, we are committed to taking them off it."

Officials say the purpose of the initiative is to put a serious dent in the number of impaired drivers that hit the road at the end of the summer. 

Police say if you're caught you will not get a warning you will go straight to jail. The campaign begins Monday, August 31 and lasts through Friday September 4.

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