Dalton's Operation Zero Tolerance Begins Friday

Friday, August 16, 2013

More people die in alcohol related crashes between Memorial Day and Labor Day than during any other time of the year.  In an effort to reduce alcohol related crashes, the Dalton Police Department is joining with other area law enforcement agencies to participate in “Operation Zero Tolerance” starting Friday, August 16 until Monday, September 2.

Operation Zero Tolerance is Georgia's high visibility enforcement program that targets impaired drivers through concentrated patrols and sobriety checkpoints. The Georgia campaign coincides with the national “Over The Limit, Under Arrest” program.

Although state’s per se law for impairment is driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, drivers can still be stopped and charged with “less safe driving” if they exhibit dangerous driving behaviors while driving with a lower BAC.  Officers with the department are trained to detect and arrest less safe drivers bringing new meaning to the slogan, “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”

Drivers should be aware of the consequences if they are caught operating a motor vehicle while impaired. With a first time conviction of driving under the influence the driver is subjected to possible imprisonment for up to one year, fines in excess of $1000, loss of driving privileges, and mandatory community service.

Help us make our roadways safer for everyone. If you are going to drink, you should designate a driver, take a cab, or phone a friend. These simple suggestions can save you from the dangers of impaired driving and also keep you from having to take a ride with us.



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