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Operation Zero Tolerance Begins Dec. 12

(ATLANTA) – Operation Zero Tolerance begins on Dec. 12 and that means increased patrols and high visibility enforcement in Georgia. During this DUI enforcement campaign and every day, if you’re over the limit, you’ll be under arrest. No warnings. No excuses.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is launching its annual zero tolerance campaign in conjunction with the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative to remind all motorists that no matter where they go, impaired driving will not be tolerated. The legal blood alcohol limit is .08 in all 50 states so even if holiday travels take motorists over the state line, drunk drivers will spend the end of 2014 behind bars.

During the holiday period last year (Nov. 20 – Dec. 31), there were nearly 44,000 crashes that resulted in 13,142 injuries and 160 fatalities in Georgia. 18 people lost their lives to impaired drivers. While Georgia enforces its DUI laws year-round, law enforcement across the state will be stepping up enforcement during the holiday season, one of the most dangerous times to travel on Georgia roads.

“Impaired driving crashes and fatalities are completely avoidable,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “It’s that simple. Arrange for a designated driver before your festivities begin or offer to be the sober driver for your friends and family. I want everyone to be able to ring in 2015 with their loved ones.”

Drunk driving isn’t just a problem in Georgia. During the month of December in 2012, 830 people nationwide were killed in crashes involving at least one intoxicated driver. On average, 31 percent of all crash fatalities in America are alcohol-related, but on Christmas Day in 2012, that number increased to 36 percent.

“This is why you will see more troopers, police officers and deputies in highly visible patrols during the holidays,”Blackwood said. “It’s not just about getting drunk drivers off the road, but also deterring them from ever getting behind the wheel.”

To learn more about impaired driving safety and consequences as well as the Operation Zero Tolerance campaign, which will last through New Year’s Day, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org or call 404-656-6996.

2014 OZT Holiday News Release

BBBBBB Advises: How to Keep Your Credit Cards Safe During the Holidays

With the beginning of fall comes the holiday season, and with it – holiday shopping. The Better Business Bureau Serving Metro Atlanta, Athens & NE Georgia reminds consumers that the holidays are a prime target for credit card scammers due to the sheer number of consumers using their credit card to make purchases. Scammers are ready and waiting to take advantage of the increased use and are on the lookout to steal credit card information. It’s always important to keep your financial information safe, but it’s especially important to keep it safe during the upcoming holiday season.

What Can You Do?

Incorporating a few practices into your daily routine can help keep your cards and account numbers safe. For example, keep a record of your account numbers, their expiration dates and the phone number to report fraud for each company in a secure place. Don’t lend your card to anyone — even your kids or roommates — and don’t leave your cards, receipts, or statements around your home or office. When you no longer need them, shred them before throwing them away.

Other fraud protection practices include:

  • Don’t give your account number to anyone on the phone unless you’ve made the call to a company you know to be reputable. If you’ve never done business with them before, do an online search first for reviews or complaints.
  • Carry your cards separately from your wallet. It can minimize your losses if someone steals your wallet or purse. And carry only the card you need for that outing.
  • During a transaction, keep your eye on your card. Make sure you get it back before you walk away.
  • Never sign a blank receipt. Draw a line through any blank spaces above the total.
  • Save your receipts to compare with your statement.
  • Open your bills promptly — or check them online often — and reconcile them with the purchases you’ve made.
  • Report any questionable charges to the card issuer.
  • Notify your card issuer if your address changes or if you will be traveling.
  • Don’t write your account number on the outside of an envelope.

Report Losses and Fraud

Call the card issuer as soon as you realize your card has been lost or stolen. Many companies have toll-free numbers and 24 hour service to deal with this. Once you report the loss or theft, the law says you have no additional responsibility for charges you didn’t make; in any case, your liability for each card lost or stolen is $50. If you suspect that the card was used fraudulently, you may have to sign a statement under oath that you didn’t make the purchases in question.

To search for companies you can trust, please visit bbb.org.

MLK Jr Holiday in Hall County

Jan. 18, 2013 – The Martin Luther King, Junior Holiday will be observed on Monday, January 21, so the City of Gainesville will be closed.

Hall County’s administrative offices, courts and community centers will be also closed Monday.

However, the landfill and compactor sites will remain open.

Solid waste and recycling will be picked up Tuesday for Monday customers.
Tuesday customers will be picked up Wednesday.
Thursday and Friday will be normal schedule pick up days.

For more information on garbage pick up call Solid Waste Supervisor Billy Carter at 770-532-0493.

For more Hall County information visit hallcounty.org