PTCPD to crack down on drunk drivers

Peachtree City Police will join law enforcement agencies across Georgia in a campaign against drunk drivers that started Friday and lasts through July 4.

The annual campaign is being called “Operation Zero Tolerance: Over the Limit, Under Arrest.”
Police will use increased sobriety checkpoints, roving and saturation patrols with other enforcement methods, all with the mindset of cracking down on drunk and impaired drivers.

In 2010, some 392 people were killed in the U.S. during the Fourth of July travel period, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of those deaths, 39 percent were in crashes involving at least one driver who had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

Also in 2010, a quarter of all traffic deaths were deemed to be alcohol-related, with the top five counties with the most such fatalities being Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Chatham and Richmond.

As they prepare for the food, fun and fireworks on the Fourth of July, citizens are reminded to avoid getting behind the wheel if they are intoxicated. There will be no warnings and no excuses will be accepted, officials said.

The operation is part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Anyone with questions about this program or other traffic concerns may either call the department’s Community Response Team at 770-487-8866 or email traffic@peachtree-city.org.

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