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Authorities ready to crack down on drunk driving

ATLANTA (WTOC) -

Authorities in Georgia and South Carolina have increased patrols in an effort to keep drunk drivers off the roadways over the New Year's Eve holiday.

Georgia's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign period runs until Jan. 2.

Georgia had an 11 percent decrease in impaired driving fatalities in 2010, according to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

Drivers who get caught with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .08 or higher, will be arrested and go to jail.

In December 2009, 753 people were killed in crashes that involved drivers or motorcycle riders with a BAC of .08 or higher, according to the GOHS. For more details on the Drive Sober campaign go to the GOHS website.

SafeRides of Savannah is one of the services that are offering free rides home as part of the Drive Sober, Georgia Free Ride Service. They can be reached at 912.663.9045.

AAA Auto Club South and Budweiser are offering free rides home on New Year's Eve for Georgia residents as part of its Tow To Go program.

The program is free and open to both AAA members and non-members. A AAA Tow Truck takes the vehicle and driver home. For rides home, call 1.800.AAA.HELP.

GOHS tips for staying safe over New Year's:

  • Plan a safe way home before taking part in festivities;
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your keys at home;
  • If you're impaired, call a taxi, sober friend, family member or use public transportation;
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, call the authorities;
  • If you see know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take that person's keys and help that person make arrangements to get home safely.

The South Carolina Dept. of Public Safety's Sober or Slammer DUI enforcement efforts continues until the new year begins.

The SCDPS's Sober All Night Totally Awesome Designated Driver – or SANTA campaign emphasizes safe driving.

Be a SANTA designated driver campaign stresses the importance of having a driver who is committed to avoiding alcohol during New Year's Eve celebrations to ensure others get home safely.

Over the Christmas holiday weekend, there were 172 DUI arrests and three people died in traffic crashes, according to the SCDPS.

Drunk driving is one of the top causes of traffic deaths in South Carolina, according to the agency. For more details, go to www.scdps.org.

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