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Operation Zero Tolerance

Operation Zero Tolerance is Georgia's High Visibiity enforcement program that targets impaired drivers through concentrated patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

During this year's enforcement campaign, police officers, sheriffs deputies and state troopers will work together to protect everyone from impaired drivers during this busy time of the year. The Georiga campaign is part of the National Over The Limit Under Arrest program.

No Festivities in Jail: Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

As folks all over Georgia celebrate their holiday season traditions with food, family and fun, law enforcement professionals throughout the state will also be out in full force for their traditional DUI enforcement campaign to arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

That’s because despite the fact that Georgia saw an 11% decrease in impaired driving fatalities in 2010, motorists are still taking too many risks when it comes to drinking and driving. So every Christmas season, from the middle of December until Jan. 2,, police officers, deputies and state troopers all over Georgia participate in the annual Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over campaign.

This is a campaign of zero tolerance that reminds motorists that if they get caught driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, they will be arrested and they will go to jail. And while this is the policy 24/7/365 in all 50 states, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is using this holiday enforcement period to remind drivers how dangerous driving drunk can be.

"The message is short and sweet," says GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. "Drive sober or you’ll get pulled over. Drinking alcohol and driving is no present for anyone so if you plan to consume alcohol, you better plan for a sober driver to get you home safely."

Unfortunately, drivers all over Georgia and, indeed, across the country still think they are invincible and will choose to jeopardize their safety and the safety of others. How do we know? In December 2009, 753 people were killed in crashes that involved drivers or motorcycle riders with a BAC of .08 or higher.

The good news is there are some simple recommendations for making sure you have a safe and sober holiday season:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your keys at home;
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
  • If you see know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take that person’s keys and help him or her make other arrangements to get home safely.