Drive Safely This New Year’s, Say Law Enforcement Officials

With New Year’s celebrations possibly on tap for tonight, law enforcement is urging safety on the state’s highways.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, the New Year’s holiday period begins tonight at 6 p.m. and ends New Year’s Day at midnight, a 30-hour long holiday period.

Last year during the New Year’s holiday period, the state reported 3,691 crashes that resulted in 1,164 injuries and 7 fatalities. 

Authorities are cautioning drivers to plan for a sober designated driver if alcohol consumption will be part of the celebrations. During last year’s New Year’s holiday period, 352 people were arrested for driving under the influence statewide.

The Christmas and New Year’s holiday travel periods are also a mobilization period for Operation Zero Tolerance. 

Georgia State Troopers will be teaming up with law enforcement officials from across the state for high visibility enforcement patrols that target impaired drivers.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said earlier this month that people need to remember not to drink and drive.

“If you do take a little alcohol at a party, please do not get out there in an automobile and drive,” said Shirley earlier this month.  “There is no excuse for you to be driving while intoxicated.  It only takes one drink sometimes to put you at the limit.”

Authorities also urged drivers to make sure everyone is buckled up in the vehicle, that they obey the posted speed limit, plan trips carefully, and do not text and drive.