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GSP Gearing Up for Holiday Weekend

Troopers will be watching for impaired drivers, speeders and other violators.

The Georgia State Patrol has one primary goal this 4th of July weekend -- to keep the accident count as low as possible.

Last year, more than 1,800 accidents occurred over the Independence Day holiday weekend. Those accidents resulted in 834 injuries and 11 fatalities.

Col. Bill Hitchens, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said troopers will be watching for drivers under the influence, speeders and motorists not using seat belts.

“Our Troopers and MCCD Officers will be concentrating on the most common violations identified as contributing factors in fatal traffic crashes," Hitchens said in a released statement.

Operation Zero Tolerance is also continuing across Georgia this weekend. The focus of the program is to remove impaired drivers from the roadway. Safety checks and concentrated patrols are planned.

Hitchens further noted . Hitchens said drivers should make sure child passengers are properly restrained.

The 78-hour holiday holiday travel period begins Friday at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight on Monday, July 4.  

Eric Wagner June 30, 2011 at 01:05 PM
I am all for the cops being out on the roads trying there best to keep everyone safe. I do think that the zero tolerance law is to abrasive. Lets be honest. You go out and have one 12oz beer and now you go to jail over it.. I think its kinda of a way to make money in my eyes..
Trailed by 20 Hounds June 30, 2011 at 01:51 PM
Eric, you what I find abrasive? It's all these people who think they can drive safely because they've only had a few. You drink one beer - stay off the road. There are drivers out there who DON'T drink who have rights too. Drinker's have many options to celebrate the fourth - they can drink all they want in the safety of their own homes. They can also choose to have a designated driver if the drinking is in a public establishment - or they can excercise good judgment and call for a ride. Unfortunately, that's not what happens during the holidays. Instead, people who don't drink and who excercise good judgment choose to stay home where the world is safe against those who drink and drive.
Jimmy Orr June 30, 2011 at 02:21 PM
The bottom line is if you drink, don't drive. It is as simple as that. While one may think they are not impaired perhaps police reports would verify how many innocent victims are injured or killed by the driver who has had only a couple of beers or one or two drinks.
Eric Wagner July 01, 2011 at 04:14 PM
I do agree with Don't Drink and Drive.. Trust me. I don't even drink personaly. I just want everyone to have fun and not having to always look over there shoulder.. I guess I should have wriiten more carefully.. I apologize to all who read the comment...
TheLaw July 08, 2011 at 03:12 AM
and in the end, there is not "zero tolerance". There are still laws on the books that the Law Enforcement Officers have to follow. Criteria has to be met and the LEO has to be able to articulate in a court of law, based on their training and experience, that the person was illegally impaired. Typically, all things being equal, one beer will not impair the average size human being. Lots of factors play into that comment of course. I choose not to drink. My wife is able to have a glass of wine at dinner and not worry about driving home. I actually choose to not drink for much more important reasons to me. I don't drink because I am raising children. While they have seen an adult beverage in the house, they don't see bottles lying around everywhere, and their parents constantly "celebrating". Clear headed parents are needed to raise children today. One can't do that while partaking in alcohol.

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