Operation Zero Tolerance is currently underway in Georgia, and the Dalton Police Department is taking part. It's a nationwide mobilization of law enforcement agencies to combat drivers driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The campaign is meant to raise driver awareness of the consequences of driving while under the influence. The current Operation Zero Tolerance began on August 21st and runs through September 7th. According to statistics from Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the coming Labor Day Weekend is one of the most dangers travel periods on Georgia highways.
Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit, Situational Response Unit and Patrol Division will be concentrating their efforts towardsfighting drunk driving during the campaign. Concentrated patrols and random road checks will be conducted throughout the city at strategic locations in an effort to crack down on motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
According to statistics, 1 out of every 5 traffic-related fatalities in Georgia are alcohol-related. Statistics also show that drivers with blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams or higher are 11 times more likely to die in a crash than if involved in that same crash while sober.
The Dalton Police Department reminds motorists to Buckle Up, Slow Down, and Drive Sober to make the 2009 Labor Day Weekend safe! Over the Limit? Under Arrest!