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Georgia participats in 'Hands Across Border'

POSTED: September 9, 2008 5:00 a.m.
ATLANTA — The Georgia State Patrol and members of the Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Compliance Division will join their law enforcement counterparts in neighboring states next week to encourage safe travel during the upcoming Labor Day holiday travel period.
Georgia troopers, along with officers from the Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Compliance Division, will join other law enforcement officers for “Hands Across the Border” with safety education events planned throughout the week.
“This is an excellent way for law enforcement officers to show their support for safe travel, especially with one of the heavier-traveled holiday periods rapidly approaching,” said Col. Bill Hitchens, GSP commander. Events are planned each morning during the week of Aug. 25 in an effort to promote safe driving. “The focus of the events will be to encourage motorists to slow down, buckle up, and don’t drink and drive during their holiday travels,” he said.
Following a news conference, officers will distribute safety materials at a Georgia welcome center and then an hour later the same series of events will be repeated in the neighboring states.
The night before each “Hands Across the Border” event, officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints as part of “Operation Zero Tolerance,” Georgia’s high visibility DUI enforcement program.
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