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that one out of every four traf­fic deaths in Ge­or­gia is al­co­hol-re­lated.

The Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol and lo­cal law en­force­ment will be look­ing to pre­vent traf­fic crashes, in­juries and deaths with in­creased pa­trols dur­ing the hol­i­day week­end as they main­tain a year­round zero tol­er­ance pol­icy by tak­ing all im­paired driv­ers they find to jail.

These of­fi­cers will also look­ing for vi­o­la­tors of Ge­or­gia’s Hands-Free Law that went into ef­fect on July 1 as many agen­cies are now is­su­ing ci­ta­tions for driv­ers who are seen hav­ing a phone in their hand while on the road.

“We want ev­ery­one to get out and en­joy all the great places and ac­tiv­i­ties our state has to of­fer but we want ev­ery­one to get home safely,” Black­wood said. “That means don’t get be­hind the wheel if you have been drink­ing be­cause there are go­ing to be a large num­ber of law en­force­ment of­fi­cers on the roads ready to take im­paired driv­ers to jail.”

In ad­di­tion to ride ser­vices, AAA’s Tow-To-Go pro­gram is of­fer­ing free tows and rides up to 10 miles from Fri­day, Au­gust 31 un­til 6:00 a.m. on Tues­day, Septem­ber 4. Those in­ter­ested in the free ride can visit https://au­to­club­ safety/tow_­to_go.aspx for more in­for­ma­tion or call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO dur­ing La­bor Day week­end.

The Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice of Highway Safety also of­fers these tips for all driv­ers who are go­ing to be on the road dur­ing the La­bor Day hol­i­day week­end:

Leave ear­lier for your des­ti­na­tion be­cause the ex­tra traf­fic on the road may in­crease travel times. Don’t try to make up time by speed­ing. Make sure ev­ery­one in your ve­hi­cle is wear­ing their seat belts and all chil­dren un­der 8 are rid­ing in an ap­proved child pas­sen­ger safety seat.

Plan rest stops as needed and al­ter­nate driv­ers if pos­si­ble.

Limit driver dis­trac­tions by stay­ing off phones. Find a safe place to pull off the road if you need to speak to some­one or check your nav­i­ga­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice of Highway Safety’s (GOHS) im­paired driv­ing aware­ness pro­gram, visit https://www.gahigh­ Fol­low GOHS on so­cial me­dia at www. face­­wayafety , @gohs­ge­or­gia on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram or GOHS­GE­OR­GIA on YouTube.

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