Georgia officers partner with neighboring states for road safety

Georgia law enforcement officers will be working with colleagues across state lines this week.

The 24th annual “Hands Across the Border” DUI campaign joins forces in Georgia with officers in Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

Officers will be setting up road checks in communities near the border to snare impaired drivers as well as those with outstanding warrants, improperly restrained passengers, or who are not licensed or insured.

The multi-jurisdictional campaign stresses “no matter where you’re from and no matter where you’re traveling, impaired driving will not be tolerated.”

Each evening this week, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will hold news conferences and share celebratory handshakes in honor of the partnerships.

“Unfortunately, the reason we keep doing this campaign is because every year, we catch impaired, unbelted, uninsured and distracted drivers,” GOHS Law Enforcement Services Director Roger Hayes said in a news release. “While we would prefer if these motorists never hit the road, we are committed to taking them off it.”

The “Hands Across the Border” operation coincides with the lead-up to the Labor Day Weekend when many people are traveling to recreation destinations.

“From coastal beaches and lakeside destinations to mountain retreats and even amusement parks, we’ve got a lot to offer. But one thing we don’t offer is leniency when it comes to impaired drivers,” said Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Georgia’s Operation Zero Tolerance and 100 Days of Summer HEAT safe driving campaigns are also underway through Labor Day.

Last year, 15 people died and more than 1,200 were injured on Georgia highways in more than 3,700 accidents over the Labor Day weekend.