Woodstocks Alternative for Drinking and Driving on New Years Eve

In response to the Governor’s Office traffic crash and fatality predictions over the holiday season, the Woodstock Police Department is offering residents an alternative to getting behind the wheel this New Years Eve. The department will be offering safe rides home to those who may have had too much to drink and haven’t made arrangements for transportation.

Data from the Georgia State Patrol and the Crash Reporting Unit of the Georgia Department of Transportation indicated that there were 18 traffic deaths in 2007 involving drivers who were impaired by either alcohol or drugs. The prediction for 2008 is estimated at 19 traffic deaths.

“We are utilizing our 12 passenger van to offer those individuals who have had too much to drink a safe alternative to drunk driving”, said Lt. Dan King, Commander of the department’s Traffic Safety Unit. “We have had to set a few requirements to this offer though, free rides will be available to those who live local and have chose to celebrate the New Year in establishments that are within the city limits” said King. This is the departments attempt to reduce DUI incidents within the city.

Anyone interested in utilizing this free public safety service should call (770) 294-1990 on New Year’s Eve between the hours of 11:00 P.M. to 3:00 A.M.

“MADD strongly supports any idea that keeps people from driving after drinking. We applaud the city for their efforts not only to remove drivers from the road, but also to prevent those from driving in the first place” said Larry Hanawalt, MADD Cherokee County Community Action Site Leader.

Compliments of http://www.woodstockga.gov/

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