This holiday season the Peachtree City police will be out in force cracking down on drunk drivers throughout the region with aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement. The the holiday period, state and local law enforcement will be watching for impaired drivers to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers.
The Peachtree City Police Department is giving fair warning to all partygoers. “You’ll see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period and if we suspect anyone is driving while impaired, officers will show zero tolerance for impaired driving,” said Lt. Mark Brown.
Unfortunately, the excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can lead to terrible decisions-- and serious legal consequences.
Data shows that the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of impaired drivers on the roads, and the Peachtree City Police Department is prepared to stop and arrest any impaired driver they see to keep roads safe.
Nationally, in the Decembers from 2007 to 2011 there were 4,169 people killed in crashes that involved drivers with blood Alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes across the nation in 2011, and 31 percent (9,878) of those fatalities occurred in impaired-driving-related crashes.
“The December holiday season is the ‘most wonderful time of the year,’ and we are going to keep our roads safe for travelers heading to visit friends and family,” said Lt. Mark Brown “This holiday, we will show zero tolerance for impaired drivers on the road. If you choose to drive while impaired, we will see you, we will stop you, and you will be arrested.”
Impaired drivers often face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, to lost wages due to time off from work. Even worse, an impaired driver can cause a traffic crash that claims someone’s life, or their own.
Please follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:
• Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.
• If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
• If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or call:
Casual Taxi (770) 906-6148 401; Phoenix Star Taxi & Limousine (770) 486-1744;
AA Aces Cab(770) 632-1144; Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
• If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement (CALL 911). Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.