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Officers cracking down for Cinco de Mayo

The H.E.A.T division will be on the lookout for drunk drivers (Source: WALB) The H.E.A.T division will be on the lookout for drunk drivers (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County Police officer Dorian Hall (Source: WALB) Dougherty County Police officer Dorian Hall (Source: WALB)
Owner of DOCO driving school Debra Storm (Source: WALB) Owner of DOCO driving school Debra Storm (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

In the past four years, 38 percent of the fatalities on May 5th were alcohol-related.

That's higher than the national daily average.

Making sure the roads are safe is Officer Dorian Hall's top priority. He's the Highway enforcement of aggressive traffic officer for the Dougherty County Police Department. 

"The chief of police put me in this position to go out and get these people," he said. "And if they are watching, I'm going to go out there and I'm going to get 'em."

He'll spend his Cinco de Mayo sweeping the streets of dangerous drivers.

May 5th is a time for celebration for many, often involving alcohol. And just like July 4th and New Year's, it often leads to a spike in drunk driving.

"A lot of the DUI guys will say I'm the designated drinker," said officer Hall. "but that ain't the case you need to designate a driver."

And if you make the wrong choices on Cinco de Mayo, you could be spending your Cinco de June in a class like Dougherty County driving school.

"They have to take the DUI risk reduction class," said the school's owner Debra Storm. "Which is a 20 hour class that costs $355 dollars."

And lectures from Debra Storm are only the beginning of a DUI offender's trouble, including but not limited to expenses up to 10 thousand dollars, jail time, higher insurance costs and the risk of death. 

If you don't want a run-in with officer Hall or future classes at DOCO driving school, they have a rather simple solution.

 "You need to call a taxi if you're going to get out here drinking," said officer Hall. "Don't drive, throw your keys away, do something else. Leave the keys at the house."

"Pay $10 for a taxi or $10,000 for a DUI arrest," offered Storm. "The choice seems pretty clear."

343 people died across the nation last Cinco de Mayo weekend. Law enforcement will do their part to cut that number down. The rest is up to the drivers.

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