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Operation Zero Tolerance kicks off on Georgia highways Friday

Georgia law enforcement officers will hit the road Friday to try to reduce the number of people killed and injured due to drunk and impaired driving.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will launch the annual Operation Zero Tolerance summer safety campaign that runs through the July 4th travel period.

Two years ago, 392 people died in highway accidents across the country around the Independence Day holiday, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than a third of those crashes involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

Younger people between the ages of 18 and 34 made up 46 percent of the 2010 drunk driving fatalities.

In Georgia that whole year, 298 people were killed in alcohol-related accidents.

Statistics also showed that pickup drivers were most likely to have a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office of Highway safety.

Operation Zero Tolerance will include sobriety checkpoints and a concentration of patrols.

“The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays due to an increase in impaired driving fatalities,” GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said.

The campaign pledges to catch and arrest impaired drivers.

For more information on Operation Zero Tolerance, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.

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