Labor day weekend is four days away, meaning travelers are going to be on the roads for the last holiday of the summer. Area law enforcement agencies met up tonight to kick-off a regional crackdown.
This is the 23rd annual "Hands Across the Border" campaign. Local police, sheriff's deputies and state troopers will be setting up checkpoints throughout the region. Authorities will be looking for drivers with outstanding warrants, those without a license and fugitives. Their major focus is to catch motorists driving under the influence.
"It is often an innocent driver or an innocent passenger that get's injured or killed. So the public needs to be aware that we are going to be out there so they can help us spread the word to their friends and loved ones. The law enforcement is going to be out looking for not only the impaired driver but the distracted driver, the aggressive driver and the ones that are texting while driving and basically breaking any type of traffic laws," said Trooper Kevin Cook with the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
The legal blood alcohol limit in every state is .08. If you plan to drink, always have a designated driver. Monday night's kick-off meeting included 12-agencies from Alabama and Georgia.