The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) has launched its zero tolerance campaign on impaired driving for the Labor Day weekend. This campaign will go through the Labor Day weekend and will be focused on ensuring that the roadways are safe from impaired drivers.
Why such focus on drunk drivers? Because despite all 50 states outlawing driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more, 2010 still saw more than 10,000 people die in crashes involving an impaired driver, according to .
In Georgia, we experienced 298 alcohol-related fatalities on roads in 2010. That represents one quarter of all traffic deaths, Marietta Police said.
Across the country in 2010, 147 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes during the Labor Day weekend. Many of those killed were young drunk drivers getting behind the wheel at night. Of the 147 deaths, 80 percent happened between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Among 18-to-34-year-olds killed during that weekend, 54 percent were alcohol-impaired.
Members of the Marietta Police Departments Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) and Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (HEAT) Units will be out in force through the Labor Day weekend to strictly enforce aggressive driving along with the impaired driving laws with zero tolerance, Police said.