GSP: Don't drink and drive this Cinco de Mayo

GSP: Don't drink and drive this Cinco de Mayo
Troopers will be on the highway over the weekend (Source: WALB)
Jason Ellis, Georgia State Patrol Sergeant First Class and Post Commander (Source: WALB)
Jason Ellis, Georgia State Patrol Sergeant First Class and Post Commander (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Cinco de Mayo is Saturday, but Georgia State Patrol wants drivers to start thinking about their safety today.

It's a time of fun and celebration that should not interfere with those on the roadways.

It's a holiday where many people like to drink, but troopers don't want to see a deadly combination of drinking and driving.

Sergeant First Class Jason Ellis said if you plan on drinking you should get a designated driver or rideshare service to take you home.

Uber and taxis are available.

If you're behind the wheel after having one or more drinks, you're not only endangering your safety but the safety of others as well.

He said the national statistics show every 50 minutes someone is killed by an impaired driver.

And in Georgia, about 360 lives are lost each year because of this.

Ellis said he wants people to have fun, but to do so safely.

"If you plan to be drinking this weekend or any time, just plan not to drive. And I think that's the key to the weekend and any other time," said Ellis.

Troopers are on the lookout for drivers who may be impaired at all times.

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