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Friday, June 19, 2009

Statewide DUI crackdown starts tonight

Starting at 9 p.m. tonight, more than 500 police agencies in Georgia will kick off an annual statewide campaign targeting drunk drivers.

From the AJC:

The DUI crackdown is a part of the GOHS “100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T.” initiative that runs through Labor Day weekend. Traffic enforcement officers will be patrolling the state’s highways all summer, watching for speeders, impaired drivers and those violating seat belt and child restraint laws.

The campaign is called "Operation Zero Tolerance," which is perhaps the most unimaginative nickname anyone could've created. "Operation Falcon Heart" or "Operation Mephisto Tango" are much better. But that's beside the point.

If by chance you drive tonight and do start drinking, call a cab home or hitch a ride with a sober driver. Getting your car in the morning might be a pain in the ass, but it's better than losing it for God knows how long and sitting through a DUI class. Visit the Atlanta-based SafeRide America for resources. There's also Zingo, a designated-driver service that drives you and your car home and then leaves on a scooter. Or ask your friendly bartender to call you a cab. Have fun and stay safe.

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