SAVANNAH, GA (August 31, 2015): As Labor Day weekend approaches with an expected influx of motorists on area roads, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police along with law enforcement agencies throughout the region are joining forces on the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s Annual ‘Hands Across the Border’ DUI enforcement campaign.

Starting today, SCMPD’s Traffic Unit, Georgia State Patrol, Hardeeville Police Department, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and several other agencies have once again partnered in targeting unlawful motorists for various traffic offenses, with an emphasis on impaired drivers. Roadside sobriety checkpoints will be set-up on Oglethorpe Avenue just before the Talmadge Bridge to snag drivers exceeding the national blood alcohol content limit of .08.

During Labor Day weekend for more than two decades, Georgia law enforcement agencies partnered with law enforcement in the bordering states of Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee to arrest impaired drivers entering and exiting the Peach State. Participating agencies in Georgia’s Southeast Traffic Enforcement Network (SETEN) include: Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Chatham, Effingham, Evans and Screven Counties.

While drunk drivers are the focus of ‘Hands Across the Border,’ the operation also targets drug offenders, fugitives, persons with warrants, improperly restrained children, unlicensed and uninsured drivers.