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State patrol and local law enforcement work together on new DUI task force

Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr speaks at a press conference announcing a new DUI task force in the region. Standing behind him is Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. Photos by Joe Paull
Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr speaks at a press conference announcing a new DUI task force in the region. Standing behind him is Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. Photos by Joe Paull

Members of the Columbus Police department, the Muscogee County Sheriff's office, the Muscogee County Marshal's office and the Georgia State Patrol gathered Wednesday afternoon to announce a new DUI task force that will be patrolling the county.

The "Nighthawks" are a six-person unit of the Georgia State Patrol that will be on the streets assisting local law enforcement officers, particularly in the early morning hours, trying to catch drunk drivers and others driving under the influence.

"It's unacceptable for someone to drink and get behind the wheel of a car," Col. Mark McDonough of the Georgia State Patrol said. "This is an effort to save lives."

Harris Blackwood, the director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, said the Nighthawks program has been a successful program in Atlanta and Athens since October 2004.

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