COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – The Georgia Office of Highway Safety will return to Columbus tonight at the Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Hospital. The vent is at 6:00 p.m. and will feature Georgia and Alabama Law Enforcement agencies.
State and local law enforcement in Georgia “are teaming up with Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee to take impaired drivers and other violators off their roads at checkpoints” in all five states as part of the Hands Across the Border 2019 operation.
This is the 28th year the event will occur, and “includes a high-visibility, multi-jurisdictional effort looking not only for impaired drivers, but also distracted drivers, those without license, seat belt violations, and other infractions,” during road checks across Georgia leading up to Labor Day weekend.
Originally, Hands Across the Border started as a “friendly wager between the Georgia State Patrol and Florida Highway Patrol” in 1991 to see which agency could limit the number of traffic fatalities that involved alcohol during the Labor Day weekend.
Ten year later, the project expanded to all of the states that border Georgia. Now, Georgia holds “joint road checks at their state lines” on the week before Labor Day with the goal of taking impaired drivers off the roads prior to the final summer holiday” of the year.
“Our ultimate goal at any time of year is to get dangerous drivers off the roads and help reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities,” GOHS Law Enforcement Services Director Roger Hayes said. “But with a major travel weekend coming up and so many warm weather vacation destinations across the southeast, we want everyone to make sure they drive sober, put down their phones, slow down and that everyone in their vehicle is properly buckled up.”
After the event start at Piedmont, there is a scheduled road check.