ALBANY, GA (WALB) – It's New Year's Eve, a time for celebrations that frequently include alcohol. So tonight, law officers are on high alert to keep you safe on the roads.
State Troopers predict 16 people will die on Georgia highways over the next 78 hours. Officers will be on the roads keeping an eye out and arresting anyone caught driving under the influence.
If you plan to drink, your best bet is to stay home, designate a driver or catch a cab. If you don't, you may find yourself riding in the back of a patrol car on the way to jail.
Dougherty County Police Lt. M.J. Wood said, "People don't pay attention to what they're doing, of course, if you're under the influence of alcohol, you're going to have a bad time doing that. There's nothing wrong with drinking, just don't drive when you drink. It's easy enough to get some friend to be a driver for you that solves your whole problem right there."
If you find yourself in a bind after you've been drinking and don't have a ride, call the Dougherty County Sheriff's office. Sheriff Sproul says his deputies will provide rides for anyone who has been drinking between 10 PM Thursday until six Friday morning.