By: Kara Duffy
June 24, 2013
Thomasville, GA- Fourth of July is one of the most celebrated holidays, but according to officials, it's also one of the most dangerous.
"We've seen people get hurt. We've seen bad accidents. We've had to investigate bad accidents and this is what we want to prevent during this holiday period," said Lt. Eric Hampton with the Thomasville Police Department.
The Thomasville Police Department is just one of many law enforcement agencies across the state that are hoping to accomplish that goal by taking part in, "Operation Zero Tolerance"
"Operation Zero Tolerance" is a statewide campaign, launched by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
It aims to get drunk drivers off the road and decrease the number of lives lost on Georgia's roads.
Officials with the G.O.H.S say recent crash data already indicates an increase in traffic fatalities in Georgia this year, compared to last year.
Records show as of June 20 2012, there were 499 traffic fatalities. If you look at June 20 of this year, that number had already reached 520 deaths.
Thomasville Police say they're going to do everything they can to make sure that number doesn't increase.
"If they're stopped and it is detected they're under the influence of alcohol, they will definitely be arrested and transported to the Thomas County Jail and charged with DUI."
Officers say they'll also be on the lookout for aggressive drivers and drivers who aren't wearing their seat belts.
Thomasville Police are also asking for the public to report any suspicious or dangerous activity they see on the highways, and officers will be more than happy to check it out.