Area Law Enforcement Hit the Highways

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email
Alabama, Florida, Georiga Law Enforcement Team-up on the Roadways for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

Two troopers lined up behind drivers on the I-94 shoulder.

Dozens of law enforcement agencies from the tri-states area are teaming up to crackdown on speeding and impaired driving.

The 18th annual "Hands Across the Border" campaign is a massive effort to keep you safe.

Their message is simple.

“Be safe, designate a sober driver, and buckle up every trip, every time,” says Chief Hayes Baggett of the Marianna Police Department.

And if you don't adhere to these simple rules...

“If you violate the law, you will be cited and you will be arrested,” says Capt. Terry Blackmon of the Florida Highway Patrol.

Dozens of law enforcement agencies from across the tri-state area gathered at the Florida/Alabama state line Tuesday.

They are teaming up to ensure the safety of motorists this upcoming Labor Day weekend.

“Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest in the state,” says Capt. Elwood Stephens with the Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Office.

But Capt. Stephens says it doesn't have to be that way.

“This year could be different if motorists would just take the time to look and think about what they're doing; buckle up, slow down, and be safe,”

Tuesday's meeting was not only a chance for dozens of law enforcement officers to share some war stories, but it was also a chance for them to share some tips and strategies on how to keep our roadways safe.

“These officers from 3 states get together, they talk about different routes, what they're seeing on their highways, if there are certain establishments on state or county lines where people are drinking and driving,” says Houston Co. Sheriff Andy Hughes.

Last year, 36 people died on Florida highways over Labor Day weekend.
19 people lost their lives in Georgia.
8 motorists were killed during the same time in Alabama.

Law enforcement officers say, considered yourself warned.

“Cause if you drink and drive, if you use don’t wear your seatbelt, you’re out there speeding, you’re going to answer the price. And every one of these men and women behind me will say the same thing: We'll get ya,” says Capt. Buddy Johnson with the Georgia State Patrol.

The official 78-hour Labor Day travel period begins this Friday at 6 p-m and runs until midnight on Labor Day.


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