Operation Zero Tolerance for DUI & BUI

Operation Zero Tolerance for Driving Under the Influence ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Fourth of July is when a lot of amateurs get busted for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

Nice folks, who hang out with other nice folks.  They have “a couple of beers,” pop the kids in the car and head home.  Driving under the influence.

Then they get busted by law enforcement and life changes.  Big time.

Some drivers lose their jobs.  Some go to jail.  All pay fines and/or lawyers and court fees that cost many thousands of dollars.  They’ll have to win the lottery to afford car insurance for the next billion years.  All for a couple of beers at a BBQ and one bad choice to drive away under the influence.

Georgia State Troopers are teaming up with other law enforcement officials for the July Fourth mobilization of Operation Zero Tolerance (OZT), Georgia’s high visibility enforcement campaign that targets impaired drivers.

Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety Colonel Mark W. McDonough, said troopers will be working with local officers and deputies in their areas for concentrated patrols and roadchecks to remove impaired drivers from the roads during the first wave of OZT that includes the 102-hour July Fourth holiday travel period, ending on Sunday July 7.

“Troopers and officers will not hesitate to arrest an impaired driver and tow their vehicle,” said Colonel McDonough.

The Georgia State Patrol encourages you not to drive if you plan to consume alcoholic beverages.  Choose a designated driver before the celebration begins.  “If you see a driver that you suspect is impaired, notify law enforcement,” he added.

From July 4-7, the Georgia State Patrol will also be participating in the nationwide traffic safety initiative, Operation C.A.R.E, or Combined Accident Reduction Effort.  State troopers will join other state highway patrols and state police agencies from the United States and Canada in conducting high visibility patrols and providing safety education to the motoring public in an effort to reduce the number of traffic deaths on our roads.

This is the third of six Operation C.A.R.E. holiday enforcement periods of the year. Operation C.A.R.E. began in 1977.

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Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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