Zero tolerance for St. Patrick's drivers

By JOHN A. WINTERS
john@newnan.com
St. Patrick’s Day celebrants are being reminded about Georgia’s zero tolerance policy regarding drunk driving, especially with the big holiday coming up.
According to statistics provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, more than 700 people were killed nationwide during the upcoming holiday from 2006 to 2010.
“While the familiar refrain on St. Patrick’s Day might be ‘Kiss me, I’m Irish,’ we’d much rather hear impaired partygoers say ‘Drive me, I’m drunk’ to a sober friend, family member or taxi driver,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “There are far too many ways to arrange a sober driver before the festivities begin and far too many consequences if you don’t.”
In addition to warning Georgia motorists about increased enforcement, the agency is also asking partygoers to utilize the “Drive Sober, Georgia” smartphone app. If they find themselves without a sober ride home, users can download the app (available on both Apple and Android markets) to search a database of safe and sober ride options all over the state.
Some programs are free and some are fee-based, but either way, the “Drive Sober, Georgia” app means there is no excuse for driving home drunk on one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year, according to GOHS officials.

The good news is, there are a few more easy ways to ensure a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day: plan a safe way home before the festivities; designate a sober driver ahead of time and leave your car keys at home; use a taxi, call a sober friend or use public transportation to get home safely; contact police if you see a drunk driver; and be prepared to take someone’s keys away and find them a safe ride home if they’re too drunk to drive, the release stated.

For more information about this and other impaired driving awareness efforts, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org or call 404-656-6996.



More Local

More than 600 take part in Mantracker

More than 615 law enforcement officers have gathered in Coweta County this week for the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office’s annual ... Read More


Injured truck driver rescued from fiery I-85 wreck

A man was injured and pulled to safety following a fiery accident involving two tractor-trailers on I-85 southbound in Coweta County late Tu ... Read More


Argument leads to fatal accident on Jefferson St.

A male passenger was fatally injured in a single-vehicle accident in Newnan on Easter Sunday, but no charges are pending against the driver ... Read More


Rabies confirmed in raccoon in Newnan

Rabies has been confirmed in a raccoon that was in a downtown Newnan neighborhood last week. On Friday, a Newnan resident reported seeing a ... Read More


‘Shrek,’ ‘Les Miserables’ on tap at high schools

Both Northgate High School and Newnan High School are set to open their spring musicals this week, with Northgate performing “Shrek, T ... Read More

3 men rob Hwy. 34 CVS of cigarettes

Three men are wanted for robbery by intimidation for stealing a large amount of cigarettes from a CVS pharmacy in Coweta County Tuesday nigh ... Read More