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GSP, AAA warns of impaired driving dangers

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

As you prepare for New Year celebrations, Georiga troopers and AAA are cautioning drivers to also plan for a sober designated driver. 

Troopers say during New Year's weekend drivers are more likely to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. The increase in drunken driving forces officials to step up patrols. AAA says the New Year's holiday ranks as the year's deadliest day for alcohol related fatalities. 

"If you drive, don't drink and if you drink, don't drive, if you plan on going to a party make sure you have a designated driver that is not going to drink because our ultimate goal is to ensure that the traffic is safe, the roadways are safe, and that people get back home safely during the holiday period," said Cpl. Andrew McKenzie in a news release, Georgia State Patrol. 

To strengthen efforts to protect the public against drunk drivers and reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths, AAA has announced its support of ignition interlocks for all convicted DUI offenders, and offers important safety advice to partygoers. 

Preventing drinking and driving is a shared responsibility to save lives. AAA says New Year's Eve partygoers can do their part by heeding the following advice:

  • Always plan ahead to designate a non-drinking driver before any party or celebration begins
  • Never get behind the wheel of a car when you've been drinking alcohol – even after just one drink
  • Never ride as a passenger in a car driven by someone who has been drinking alcohol – even after just one drink
  • Do not hesitate to take the keys from friends or family members who may be impaired
  • Call a taxi for a friend in need
  • Be a responsible host in reminding guests to stay safe and always offer alcohol-free beverages
  • If you encounter an impaired driver on the road, keep a safe distance and ask a passenger to call 911 (or pull over to a safe location to make the call yourself)
  • Remember: prescription, over-the-counter medications and illegal drugs also can impair your ability to drive safely 

Last year, there were seven deadly crashes and 262 DUI arrests on Georgia roads during the New Year's holiday period. 

Visit PreventDUI.AAA.com for impaired driving facts, transportation alternatives and expert advice.  

AAA is offering their Tow To Go services during the New Year's holiday weekend. Get Tow To Go information here. AAA also encourages visitors to Take the Pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free.

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