The holidays are upon us, kicking off a six-week marathon of scarfing down turkey and sweets, binge-watching football and going on shopping sprees. It's a time of year that lends itself to overindulgence in many aspects, including alcohol.
Throughout the year, alcohol is the culprit for one in every four traffic deaths in Georgia. Over the holiday season, that number spikes. It starts on Blackout Wednesday-the day before Thanksgiving-which is one of the highest drinking days of the year. But that's just the start. As the holiday season progresses, the number of highway deaths connected to alcohol use steadily climbs:
· 35 percent at Thanksgiving
· 41 percent at Christmas
· 58 percent at New Year's
The penalties for DUIs in Georgia are severe. Depending on whether it's a first or repeat offense, you could have to:
· Serve a jail-or even prison-sentence
· Pay steep fines
· Have your driver's license suspended
· Receive substance abuse treatment
· Have an ignition interlock device installed in your car
To avoid getting a DUI this holiday season, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) recommends the following strategies:
· Have a pre-arranged designated driver.
· Order a taxi or other ride service.
· Get a free ride with AAA's Tow-to-Go service, which is available to members and non-members alike over the holidays.
· Use the GOHS DriveSoberGA app to find other anti-DUI driving services in your area.
The majority of people who travel over the holidays will go by car. And for most people, anything over two drinks puts them over the legal limit to drive. Enjoy your holidays. Play it smart and plan for a safe celebration.