Safety tips for drivers this New Year's Eve

Safety tips for drivers this New Year's Eve

(WTVM) – New Years Eve is quickly approaching and with so many celebrations it is imperative to plan your night so that you make it home safely.

It would be smart to designate a sober driver or make plans ahead of time to take a taxi home. A few minutes of planning could prevent accidents from happening.

According to the director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Harris Blackwood, there are many options to make sure you get home safely at the end of the night.

"Volunteer to be your group's sober ride this year, or download the Drive Sober Georgia app with a list of sober ride options near you, or arrange to stay the night where you're bringing in the New Year," Blackwood says.

There are many options and AAA's Tow To Go Program is available Christmas Eve through New Year's Day for anyone in need of their services during the holidays.

Last year 18 people passed away due to impaired drivers. These incidents are avoidable, and the solutions are simple to not drink and drive.

"The risks just aren't worth it," Blackwood said. "You could find yourself in the back of a police car headed to jail, or worse – you could kill someone or end up seriously injured yourself. A DUI will also cost you around $10, 000."

Impaired drivers will not only face jail time, but a DUI could cost them the loss of their driver's license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs and lost wages due to time off from work.

GOHS and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offer the following tips to keep your celebrations safe and happy:

  • Before you take your first sip of alcohol, have your plan in place. If you wait until you're too impaired to drive, you're more likely to make an impaired decision. Alcohol affects your judgment, so you might think you're “OK to drive” when you're not.
  • If you have been drinking, there's always another way to get home safely. You can call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or find a sober ride service or cab company by using the Drive Sober, Georgia app. Download it before your night begins so you'll have it ready when you need it.
  • If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. They'll thank you for it.
  • Call the police or dial *GSP if you see someone driving drunk. It is your business. Getting drunk drivers off the roads saves lives.

For more information on impaired driving and other highway safety information please click here.

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