From now through the Labor Day Holiday, Georgia authorities will be turning up the heat on drunk drivers, under the slogan: "Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over," WSBradio.com reports.
The Georgia program is part of a nationwide effort by law enforcement to curb drunk driving in the final weeks of summer. They hope to do so by increasing their patrol presence and setting up DUI checkpoints to catch impaired drivers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, over 10,000 Americans die in alcohol-related crashes each year. And, according to authorities, this is the worst time for those crashes. Police see more alcohol-related wrecks from mid-August through Labor Day than any other time of the year.
Georgia law enforcement officers hope to cut down on the amount of DUI crashes by simply pulling more people over. "They will make sure people are driving in the right frame of mind," National Highway Traffic Safety Administration director David Strickland said. "If you are driving impaired you will get busted and you will go to prison."
Under Georgia law, it's illegal to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater. If you're busted for DUI, you could face a fine of up to $1,000, 10 days to 12 months in prison, at least 40 hours of community service, and an alcohol use risk reduction program.
If you kill someone while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you can be charged with vehicular homicide. A conviction will get you anywhere from 3 to 15 years in prison.
"The message is short and sweet," Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, said. "Drinking alcohol and driving is no present for anyone so if you plan to consume alcohol, you better plan for a sober driver to get you home safely."