Law enforcement in five states team up for holiday weekend

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - This week, drivers might see a slow down on the roads around state lines, as Georgia and South Carolina law enforcement gear up for what they call the most dangerous travel period.

"We do see a rise during the holiday weekend," said Sgt. Michael McDaniel. "Especially with this weekend coming up, we've been very proactive."

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is partnering with law enforcement agencies in the Palmetto State, as well as other bordering states for its 22nd annual "Hands Across the Border" campaign; setting up check points and making traffic stops as Labor Day approaches.

"This particular operation has a history of apprehending large drug trafficking offenders, subjects with fugitive warrants on them, as well as impaired drivers," Sgt. McDaniel said.

Last year, the Georgia Department of Transportation reported more than 2,400 traffic crashes during the Labor Day weekend; many of them due to drunk driving.

Cracking down on drunk drivers is law enforcement's main focus. Deputies say three in ten traffic fatalities are caused by driving under the influence, but officials say they're hoping to keep those numbers down. And with the extra hands helping to prevent traffic crashes, Richmond County deputies say they have high expectations for the holiday weekend.

"We want everyone to have a good time safely, and not get hurt," Sgt. McDaniel said.