COVID-19 may still be rampant, but that won’t stop some from gathering for St. Patrick’s Day and doing what most people do that day. Enjoying alcohol is popular for the holiday, but that means an increased risk for DUI. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety issued a warning to everyone that the police will look for DUI drivers this holiday season. WALB reports.
”With the continued presence of COVID-19, public gatherings still look different, but if you’re planning on going out to celebrate with alcohol, that plan also needs to include a designated driver,” Allen Poole, GOHS director, said. “Celebrating responsibly is a duty we all have. Drunk driving is a selfish choice, not an accident.”
Alcohol is responsible for about one in four fatal traffic accidents in Georgia. In 2019, for the period of March 16-18, there were 3,444 traffic accidents and 18 fatalities.
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People who plan to drink on this holiday should schedule ridesharing in advance and program cab numbers into their phone. Also, make sure your phone is charged before you go out so you can hail a ride later in the night. If you’re not drinking, volunteer to be a designated driver in advance, or even if you see a drunk trying to get behind the wheel. Let the bar know that you’re a DD and you might even get some free non-alcoholic drinks.
Sober drivers also need to be aware of drunk pedestrians. They may not pay attention to what’s happening around them and put themselves in danger. Keep a sharp eye out, especially around bars!