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PTC cops will target drunk drivers on holiday weekend

Drinking and driving never mix. That bit of wisdom will be evident in Peachtree City and across Georgia through the Labor Day holiday as police launch the end-of-summer Zero Tolerance DUI Campaign.

Peachtree City police spokesman Mark Brown said, “To crack down on impaired driving during the Labor Day weekend, law enforcement across the state, including the Peachtree City Police Dept., will be aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger by drinking and driving. In Georgia, that means launching the statewide Operation Zero Tolerance campaign in conjunction with Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. No matter where you drive in Georgia, if you’re over the limit, you’ll be under arrest.”

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that on average, one person died every 34 minutes during Labor Day weekend drunk driving crashes nationwide in 2012. In Georgia last year, there were 3,497 crashes from Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2. Unfortunately, 22 people died in those crashes and another 1,161 were injured.

This year’s Labor Day travel period will last from Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept.1. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Operation Zero Tolerance enforcement campaigns will run from Aug. 15 to Sept.1.

NHTSA data also shows that 390 people lost their lives in traffic crashes during Labor Day weekend in 2012. A staggering 25 percent of those crashes involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or more. That’s almost twice the legal .08 limit in all 50 states. In addition, approximately 41 percent of drivers killed in those crashes were impaired.

These crashes are also disproportionately occurring at night. Seventy six percent of all drunk driving fatalities over the 2012 Labor Day weekend occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.



Surely this effort will include a path patrol. Saturday night hundreds of women from out of town will be attending the Bret Michaels concert at The Fred. How many from the Wyndham, Dolce and other hotels will be carting back and forth on paths they are not familiar with. For the safety of the local path users, I suggest this effort be extended to this means of transport, also.

Let those 40 something year old ladies with school girl crushes have their fun.

No Rolls Royce for Bret. Look for a souped up RV.


I obviously have a calendar made in China, as I had Labor Day listed as the 6th. My mistake. So, have one then, too, on the paths. With a 5AM race lineup that Saturday, I just bet we won't see any patrols out after 1PM that day.

Myself. Obviously, opinions vary.

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They do pull over teen-agers at hotspots and check for license compliance pretty regularly during broad daylight, seems like once darkness falls they would continue due diligence.

I have never, ever seen after dark patrols. 4th of July for fireworks crowd control is the only time I can ever think of. I think it is a safety issue for the officers. Who can describe their location on a radio after dark, anyway? Hard to do for most. I am out there a lot and it is hard to do during daylight sometimes.

brewster's picture

Can't say I have either, of course only time I'm out after dark is coming back from the crawdad hole when it's too dark to fish. Bet you could interview some of the teens you find with a cigarate in their mouth and they would probably confirm one way or the other.

The technology exists to locate them when they call in--maybe they don't have it. Actually, all they have to do is have a cell phone turned on and they can be located because it constantly transmits a signal subject to intercept & location.

I was not aware of that. Could be. Or, maybe a decision has been made that after dark patrols are not necessary. Or, maybe I just haven't been in an area where they do a DUI/license checkpoint after dark, either. So much of this is weather dependent, too. Not like vehicle checks when people are on the roads in rain or good weather. Paths are only used by most when it's not raining, so that might be a consideration. I do know we use auxiliary police to do a lot of the path patrols, but they have to have regular patrol back them up. I think some GPS technology is compromised by our heavy tree canopy in the summer over the paths. Anyhow, if there were 4,000 mens'-out weekend men in town, I doubt everyone would be so forgiving with a path incident.

you don't. We will disagree on that and that is okay by me.

Please don't drink and drive!!!

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