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Operation Zero Tolerance under way across state
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Operation Zero Tolerance is a statewide enforcement initiative to raise driver awareness to the deadly consequences of drunk driving. Impaired drivers cause one out of five fatality crashes on Georgia highways each year.

Responsible driving should be as much a holiday tradition as gift shopping. The travel period between Thanksgiving and New Years is one of the most dangerous and deadly times on our highways. Traffic crashes killed 162 people in Georgia last December and 1,076 died nationwide. Safety belts are still your best protection against an encounter with a drunk driver on the road.

Nearly 10 percent of all Georgia traffic deaths last year occurred during the holiday season between Dec. 1 and Jan. 1. During OZT, Georgia law enforcement agencies will conduct a joint wave of high-visibility sobriety checkpoints throughout the state through Jan. 1 to catch DUI drivers.

Georgians who plan to party, should plan first for a designated driver, plan to take a taxi, or plan to spend the night.