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Remerton hopes for zero DUI's

December 29, 2006

Remerton - The City of Remerton is a hot spot for South Georgians looking for a place to ring in the new year.  "Remerton is a very popular place to come and have good libations and good fellowship with other people in our good restaurants and bars on Baytree Place," says Remerton City Councilman Scooter Hines.

Because of this, City Council members and community volunteers are giving up their new year's festivities to participate in Remerton Rides, a program that led to zero DUI arrests in the city last year.  "We're trying to get people home safe on a very fun night," he adds.

And they are hoping to carry on that tradition. 

They will be out Sunday night and Monday morning from 11 to 3 thirty offering free rides to anyone in the county too intoxicated to drive home.  "We want people to know that coming to Remerton and enjoying our facilities, we don't want to lock you up and get fines from them. We want them to get home safe and enjoy their time."

Police in Valdosta say skipping the ride to drink and drive is not worth the risk.  They'll have several sobriety checkpoints and be out in full force.  "We will be doing aggressive traffic enforcement not only with our regular officers but our traffic unit will be out in that time frame," says Capt. Brian Childress with the Valdosta Police.

They say there are no exceptions, if you're over the limit, you're under arrest.

If you live in Lowndes County and find yourself stranded on New Years eve, employees at the Rocking Rodeo will offer free rides home until the bar is closed.

Moody Air Force Base will also give rides to airmen through their Sober ride program until 4:30 AM.