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St. Patty's drunk drivers better watch it

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Harris Blackwood, Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood, Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director
Cpl. Jon Segroves, Albany Police Department Cpl. Jon Segroves, Albany Police Department
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Law enforcers hope a new cell phone app will help reduce the number of drunk drivers on Georgia roads this Saint Patrick Day's weekend.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety has teamed up with officers across the state to try to minimize drunk driving, and their message is simple, the luck of the Irish won't save drunk drivers.

"DUI is a serious offense, because it endangers your life and endangers the lives of everybody else on the road. And we want people not to drink and drive, it's just that simple," said Harris Blackwood, Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director.

The GOHS has passed out 10,000 coasters to businesses around the state with codes that can be scanned by smart phones. The codes will install an app that will provide safe options to get home anywhere in the state, sometimes even a free ride home.

"We're giving people every opportunity. This app, it does everything but pick up the phone for you," said Blackwood. "You touch the name of one of those providers and it dials the phone. It's that simple."

Bud Light has also partnered up with the state through a "tow-to-go" program, which provides rides and vehicle towing for up to ten miles anywhere. Even with all the options available to party goers, officers are on the lookout for drunk drivers.

"We kind of expect it to be the same every year. There's a lot of parties and drinking and things going on," said Jon Segroves, Albany Police Cpl. "A lot of celebrations for St. Patrick's Day...and what we would like to expect is that folks would make preparations for this weekend by having someone else drive. Giving their keys to someone else if they're going to drink."

While the police will be closely watching the roads, they still ask the public to report anyone who appears to be driving drunk. And anyone looking to tempt fate could find themselves spending this Saint Patrick's Day in jail.

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