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Data shows fewer alcohol-related traffic deaths occurring in Ga.
Data shows fewer alcohol-related traffic deaths occurring in Ga.

ATLANTA -- Data released from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that fewer traffic accident fatalities and deaths from drunk driving happened in Georgia in 2011.

According to the stats released Thursday, Georgia reported fewer DUI incidents than the national average and states in the southeast. From 2010 - 2011, there were 24 less traffic deaths, a 1.9 percent drop, and 22 fewer deaths from alcohol-impaired driving, a 7.4 percent decrease. Nationally, there were 632 less traffic deaths and 258 less that involved alcohol.

Starting Friday, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety will enhance their Operation Zero Tolerance policy by further cracking down and enforcing their goal to pull over all drivers who are not sober. The campaign will last through New Years Day, with focus on protecting Georgia drivers over the holidays.

“The fact is that DUI’s are a drain on the state’s resources, the offender’s resources and the resources of any potential victim,” Director of the GOHS Harris Blackwood said. “It’s imperative that Georgia motorists don’t continue their Christmas partying behind the wheel. Law enforcement all over the state will be cracking down on impaired drivers and they will not hesitate to send you to jail, even if it is Christmas.”

For more information, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.

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