The Georgia State Patrol was expected to increase their patrols on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day to look out for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Authorities were encouraging revelers to plan ahead and find alternate means of transportation to avoid driving drunk and possibly getting arrested.
Georgia State government gave out 50,000 drink coasters to busiest bars around Georgia. These coasters contain details on local programs available to offer transportation to driver's that might have had too much to drink.
Along with the drink coasters, Georgia State officials also promoted a smart phone app called “Drive Sober” that locates local tow trucks and cab companies for safe rides home.
Georgia State Patrol's DUI Task Force, also known as the “Nighthawks,” said they would be out in full force, ready to arrest drivers under the influence. Many of these officers are DREs, or Drug Recognition Experts that are trained to detect DUI drug cases and DUI prescription drugs.
Last year, in 2012, there were 1,119 crashes related to alcohol during the holiday period from Thanksgiving until New Year's Day, which resulted in 20 fatalities and 679 injuries.
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