Law enforcement agencies from three states partner up to stop Labor Day traffic fatalities


Multiple law enforcement agencies are partnering together for the 2019 “Hands Across the Border” Labor Day impaired driving campaign.

Labor day is one of the deadliest times on U.S. roadways,” said Roger Hayes, director of Law Enforcement Services for the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Patrol.

That’s why for the past 28 years on Labor Day weekend, law enforcement agencies from the southeast have joined forces to crack down on drunk driving.

“The Labor Day holiday is tied with Memorial Day as the second deadliest holiday in the country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,” said Lt. Robert Cannon, public information officer for the Florida Highway Patrol.

Thursday morning, authorities held a press conference at Florida’s welcome center to kick off their annual “Hands Across the Border” campaign. Through this initiative, officers will be increasing their patrol over the holiday weekend.

“It’s very important that we get the message out to eliminate those distractions, don’t drive and drive and get a designated driver — those kinds of things because there’s just a high volume of traffic,” Cannon said.

So as traffic increases over the next few days, the Alabama Department of Transportation wants to also remind people of two new driving laws that will go into effect in the state on Sept. 1.

Beginning the first of the month, all passengers must wear a seatbelt regardless if they are sitting in the back seat or not. There will also be a law restricting drivers to the right lane.

“There is a new law going into effect for left-hand lane drivers,” said Drew Brooks, Troy Post commander for the Alabama Highway Patrol. “What we refer to as the fast lane for the interstates, anyone who stays in the left lane traveling more than one and a half miles will be ticketed.”

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