Sun., August 19, 2012 10:00am (EDT)

GA Police Crackdown on DUI's
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA, Ga.  —  
As end-of-summer celebrations ramp up, authorities throughout Georgia are launching a crackdown on drunken driving. (Photo Courtesy of Ian Britton via FreeFoto.)
As end-of-summer celebrations ramp up, authorities throughout Georgia are launching a crackdown on drunken driving. (Photo Courtesy of Ian Britton via FreeFoto.)
As the season winds down and end-of-summer celebrations ramp up, authorities throughout Georgia are launching a crackdown on drunken driving.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety announced Friday that police, sheriff's deputies and state troopers will be aggressively looking to pull over and arrest impaired drivers from now through the Labor Day weekend.

State officials say 298 people were killed in highway crashes that were alcohol-related in Georgia in 2010. That was roughly one-fourth of all traffic deaths in the state.

Harris Blackwood, director of the Highway Safety office, says crackdowns targeting drunk drivers can help reduce alcohol-related crashes by up to 20 percent.