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State targeting drunk drivers on holidays
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Georgia State Patrol Post 11 in Hinesville is participating in the “Operation Zero Tolerance” statewide campaign through Jan. 1, to pair driving safety with celebration during the holidays.
But safety is not only up to GSP and police officers, according to Sgt. First Class King, Post 11 commander.
He encourages drivers to also watch for dangerous driving.
King said a telltale sign of an impaired driver is “basically, erratic driving.”
Drivers who spot this behavior should not only  “stay a safe distance away” but help ensure the safety of other motorists by reporting suspicious driving
People can dial *GSP (*477) to report the tag number and location of the impaired driver.
He said it is important for people celebrating the holidays with alcohol to decide on a designated driver ahead of time.
Even though the legal blood alcohol level is .08 King said people “can be legally charged at .02.”
“If they’re going to drink, they don’t need to drive,” he said.
While King mentioned it was difficult to predict the times when holiday driving is the worst, evenings may be more risky since those are the times people go to parties and consume alcohol.
Sober drivers can sometimes be just as dangerous as drivers under the influence when they drive over the speed limit.
King said another issue was “drivers’ leaving time.”
Drivers should allow plenty of travel time “so they won’t have to speed to get to their location.”
The Hinesville State Patrol post will also be participating in “National Lights On for Life Day” on Dec. 21.
“All law enforcement officers are to drive with headlights on during the day to raise public awareness of impaired drivers,” King said.

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