Tomorrow night is New Year’s Eve, a night when those who have had too much to drink from celebrating the New Year will, undoubtedly, be out on the road. This is known to be such a dangerous night to drive that a funeral home in Rome, Georgia is actually offering a free burial to anyone who dies from driving drunk tomorrow night. No joke! I can assure you the Georgia State Patrol is preparing for tomorrow night. They will have various random road blocks to check for possible DUI’s and they will arrest plenty of intoxicated drivers.
December is “Drunk and Drugged Driver Awareness Month” in Georgia as holiday parties can increase the number of impaired drivers on the state’s roads. Leading into the Christmas and New Year’s weekends, Georgia State Troopers and officers with the Motor Carrier Compliance Division will concentrate on intercepting impaired drivers on the roads before they can cause a traffic crash. In what is one of the more morbid activities performed by the Georgia State Patrol, the GSP predicts during Holiday driving periods how many Georgia drivers are likely to be killed in motor vehicle accidents. For example, The State Patrol predicted 16 people would die
during the Christmas holiday weekend, which turned out to be safer than expected on Georgia roads. Twelve people were killed during the 78 hour period. Likewise, The Georgia State Patrol predicts that 16 people will be killed in wrecks over the 78 hour New Year’s holiday period, which begins at 6 PM Thursday. Many of those traffic fatalities will involve drinking. Roughly one-third of the traffic deaths each year in Georgia involve an alcohol or drug impaired driver. The Georgia State Patrol has “Nighthawks” division, the Nighthawk DUI Task Force, which was recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as the outstanding DUI team in the nation in 2005. The Nighthawks patrol the roads of Georgia looking to find DUI drivers and get them off our roads.
Do your part in keeping our roads safe. If you are out drinking, take a cab home. This is made easier if you have the name and telephone number of a local cab company already programmed into your cellphone. Do this before you go out tomorrow night. Another option is to call Safe Ride America. Safe Ride America is a non-profit driver for hire company. Visit them at http://saferideamerica.org/ Safe ride will drive you and your car to your home or hotel, so no worries about leaving your car in some parking lot overnight in Buckhead. A third option: stay home and celebrate with your family. Who better to bring in the New Year with than your family?
Enjoy New Year’s Eve, be safe and Happy New Year to you and your family.