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Checkpoints at Bridges on Georgia-Alabama Border

Law enforcement officers from Alabama and Georgia joined forces last Monday to kick off the annual “Hands Across the Border” operation. This year marks the 24th anniversary of the initiative, and officers were out in full force to take impaired drivers off the street.

Monday’s checkpoints were set up at three bridges: 13th Street Bridge, Oglethorpe Bridge, and Dillingham Bridge. The checkpoints were set up following a gathering of officers at the Columbus Regional Conference Center. The gathering was attended by 134 officers and representatives of the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Despite the annual operation, traffic fatalities continue to rise. In 2015, fatalities on the highways and street have increased by 12 percent. If officers have their way, those numbers will begin to decline. Agencies participating in the campaign included those from Alabama and Georgia. As the week continued, agencies from Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida joined in. Any driver stopped by these officers was expected to display both their driver’s license and proof of insurance.

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