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State officials warn motorists to stay sober St. Patrick's weekend

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The luck of the Irish won't keep you out of jail for driving drunk, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety warns. Drivers who are over the legal alcohol limit on St. Patrick's Day weekend, which starts Friday, will be arrested. No warnings; no excuses, GOHS officials said.

While Georgia law enforcement agencies maintain the same impaired driving policy throughout the year, officials say, the GOHS is taking special advantage of St. Patrick's Day to remind drivers of the consequences of driving drunk.

According to the GOHS, more than 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a drunk driver during the St. Patrick's Day holiday from 2006 to 2010. Overall, one person is killed in a drunk-driving crash every 51 minutes and a majority of those crashes involve drivers with nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in their blood.

"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 of taxi driver," GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said.

According to GOHS, St. Patrick's Day drinking drivers are being encouraged to utilize the "Drive Sober, Georgia" smartphone application, available on both Apple and Android devices. The application offers a database of safe and sober ride options around the state, officials say.

The GOHS makes a number of suggestions to ensure a safe conclusion to the popular drinking holiday:

-- Plan a safe way home before the partying begins;

-- Designate a sober driver before you start drinking and leave your car keys at home;

-- Use a taxi, call a sober friend or use public transportation if you're too impaired to drive;

-- Contact local law enforcement if you see a drunken driver;

-- Be prepared to take away someone's keys and find the individual a sober ride home.

For more information on GOHS, call (404) 656-6996 or visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.

Comments

FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

"the GOHS is taking special advantage of St. Patrick's Day to remind drivers of the consequences of driving drunk " blatant racial prejudice against the Irish! We drink once a year and what happens? Racial profiling! You occifers go to Big Daddy's and roust some troublemaker with a rusty knife & leave us alone on our annual celebration.

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RedEric 1 year, 8 months ago

Yes, the Irish drink once per year......all year!

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Gollygee 1 year, 8 months ago

According to the headline, state officials are only warning one motorist so the rest of us are free to do what we want.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

How do we know which one is being warned? I'm feeling kind of paranoid right now.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

I may have misspoken. But then again Sister 's comment makes me suspicious.

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waltspecht 1 year, 8 months ago

What the heck, DUI enforcement should be the same year round, not special for any Holiday. If folks are known for drinking on that day, put enough troops out there to stop them and jail them. The heck with individual warnings. St. Patrick's Day is no different than any other day as far as DUI is concerned.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

Celts unite. The only reason why the devil made alcohol was to keep the Irish from ruling the world!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

Have you read Thomas Cahill's book?

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RedEric 1 year, 8 months ago

The Irish may get credit for saving civilization, but the Vikings taught them how to make whiskey. And that,as stated above also, saved the world from the Irish.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

Awwwwwwww........they fixed the headline. That should not be allowed.

"Once written.....always done". That's cheating because us posters don't have that luxury.

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