Deputies cracking down in Georgia with zero tolerance

Operation Zero Tolerance cracking down on drunk drivers

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Richmond County Deputies said, 'tis the season for no excuses behind the wheel. They warn, hitting the road after too much to drink will be treated with 'Operation Zero Tolerance', a statewide initiative to crack down on drunk driving.

Starting November 30th of each year, drinking and driving goes up nearly 20 percent due to the holiday season.

RCSO Traffic Commander Lt. Ramone Lamkin said, "When you get behind that wheel, you  pass 40 to 50 cars on the way home. That's 40 to 50 people that could have been struck."

But he says drivers can get ahead of the trend, by knowing the facts and the legal limit, .08.

Lt. Lamkin said, "The average DUI will cost you 8 to 10 thousand dollars. The average cab ride costs you 35 dollars."

And what most people don't know? You must serve a mandatory eight hours in jail after being arrested and you can only post bond after six hours.

Until the New Year, 75 percent of the force in Richmond county has to be working at all times. Typically throughout the rest of the year, we see 40 to 50 percent of deputies on the streets.

Last year in Georgia, between November 20th and December 31st, 20 people died and 679 were injured in alcohol-related accidents.