DUI crackdown planned for Labor Day weekend

Area law enforcement agencies will once again crack down on drunk driving offenses for Labor Day weekend.

At least three sobriety roadchecks will be set up each night from Thursday through Monday as part of the 22nd “Hands Across the Border,” a DUI enforcement campaign sponsored by the state Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, said Richmond County Sheriff’s Lt. Lewis Blanchard.

Richmond County traffic deputies will team up with other local officers and agencies, including Georgia State Patrol and the Department of Natural Resources, to cut down on impaired driving and boating instances on area roads and waterways this holiday weekend.

“They’re going to have a very heavy enforcement action on the river and on the lake,” Blanchard said.

Blanchard pointed out that the blood alcohol limit for boaters was lowered to .08 earlier this year.

The National Safety Council predicts there will be nearly 400 traffic fatalities during the holiday weekend, with more than 34 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more from their homes, according to AAA.

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