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Georgia authorities planning crackdown on drunken drivers

Georgia authorities are planning to crack down on drunken drivers this Christmas season.

“You will see troopers, police officers and deputies making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period and if they suspect anyone is driving while intoxicated, they will show zero tolerance,” Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood said in a news release. “If you are over the limit, you will go straight to jail. No warnings. No excuses.”

During last year's holiday (between Nov. 20 and Dec. 31), there were 1,119 alcohol-related crashes, state officials said. The crashes accounted for 679 injuries and 20 deaths.

“The December holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year and we are going to keep our roads safe for holiday travelers heading to visit family and friends,” Blackwood said. “This holiday and every day, we are showing zero tolerance for drunk drivers. If you choose to drive drunk, you will get caught, you will be pulled over and you will be arrested.”