Holiday "Drive Sober"

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2019 HOLIDAY TRAVEL PERIOD

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety will once again be joining the annual, nationwide impaired driving awareness campaign known as Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. With Chistmas/New Year's being such a busy trave time, the chances of being involved in a crash are greater than normal and it's critical to never increases the odds of that happening by driving impaired.

When it comes to impaired driving, there are no excuses. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 37,133 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2017 and 29% (10,874) of those fatalities occurred in crashes during which a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of .08. In fact, 885 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver during the month of December 2017 alone. The holidays prove to be extra dangerous as more people — drivers and pedestrians alike — are out on the roads.

Unfortunately, the holiday travel period in Georgia follows the national trend. Statewide traffic crashes during the 2018 Christmas travel period results in 26 traffic deaths in 2018. The 126-hour travel period began at 6 p.m. on Dec. 21 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 26. During that same five-day period, the Georgia State Patrol alone made 285 DUI arrests.