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State begins Labor Day DUI crackdown

ATLANTA -- The Governor's Office of Highway Safety has launched a zero-tolerance DUI crackdown that will run through Labor Day.

The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign began Friday and includes "a high-visibility enforcement campaign to curb alcohol impaired driving."

GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said police officers, deputies and state troopers will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers during the crackdown and will not hesitate to arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

"On average, there is one alcohol-related traffic death every 51 minutes in this country," Blackwood said. "Here in Georgia, we're trying to reduce this tragic loss of life by getting impaired drivers off our roads."

Across the country in 2010, 147 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes during the Labor Day weekend. Approximately 80 percent happened between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.