Georgia law enforcement cracking down on drunk driving during holiday season

ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Expect to see more law enforcement on the road as we get closer to the holiday season.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety says this is part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

Officials say the initiative is to remind all motorisits that if they drink and drive, they will go to jail.

Last year, GOHS says, 368 people died in alcohol related incidents in Georgia. That’s up 10 from 2015.

To keep people safe, the organization is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remind people how to enjoy a safe night during the holidays. The tips include:

  • Plan ahead. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. If it’s your turn to be the designated driver, take the responsibility seriously.
  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve only had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.
  • Use rideshare programs like Uber or Lyft.
  • Download GOHS’ ‘Drive Sober, Georgia’ smartphone app for a list of sober ride programs and taxi services in your area or program taxi company phone numbers into your phone ahead of time.
  • Be prepared to take keys away from someone who is impaired and if you see an impaired driver while on the road, call 9-1-1 or dial *GSP from your cell phone to be connected to the nearest state patrol post.

The campaign is from December 15th until January 2nd.

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