The Georgia State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies say they will have increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints during the extended New Years holiday weekend and will take all impaired drivers to jail. No warnings or exceptions.
“There are too many rides services and things that can get you home safely. You know how you’re going to get to the party. You know what you’re going to take there. Know how you’re going to get home,” says Harris Blackwood, with the Governors Office of Highway Safety.
Georgia troopers say they investigated over 500 crashes over the holiday period and more than 7,000 citations were issued. The focus is on drinking and driving for New Years, but there are other dangerous distractions that concern drivers.
"Texting while driving is almost as bad if not worse than drinking and driving. If you’re out texting and combine it with alcohol, then you really have a problem. If you’re going to drink and drive or text and drive stay off the roadways. It’s not worth it to the other people,” warned Lisa Holloway, who is a holiday traveler.