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ECSO adopts zero tolerance for holiday

POSTED: June 30, 2011 6:46 p.m.

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office will take part in this national mobilization of law enforcement agencies to focus on efforts toward getting drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol off of the road. Operation Zero Tolerance will be in force through the July 4th holiday weekend.

Statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over the past 25 years show that, on average, nearly half of all deadly traffic crashes over each year’s July 4th holiday involved some level of alcohol. In fact, 410 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide during the Fourth of July weekend in 2010. Forty percent of those fatal incidents involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit and Patrol Division will be concentrating their efforts toward fighting drunk driving during the campaign. Concentrated patrols and random road checks will be conducted throughout the county at strategic locations in an effort to crackdown on motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office reminds all drivers to slow down, buckle up and drive sober and that “buzzed” driving is drunk driving.

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