Law enforcement patrols increasing for New Year’s Eve holiday

According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, New Year’s Eve is one of the deadliest drinking holidays of the year — which means law enforcement statewide are increasing patrols.

Last year, there were 1,119 alcohol-related crashes during the holiday period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Those crashes resulted in 679 injuries and 20 fatalities.

The Georgia State Patrol’s Nighthawks unit will be out in full force to keep those numbers down and keep drunken drivers off the road. While the number of overall fatalities across the state has been declining, Georgia has seen an uptick in alcohol-related crashes in the past few years. Officials want this year to be the year Georgia bucks the trend.

If you find yourself out on New Year’s Eve drinking and without a designated driver, you can take advantage of AAA’s Tow to Go program. Anyone, AAA member or not, can call for a Tow to Go ride through Wednesday. AAA offers a confidential, local ride within a 10-mile radius to a safe location and the ride is free. The AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver home.

“Around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, calls for Tow to Go have historically spiked,” said Gerry Gutowski, senior vice president of Automotive Services for The Auto Club Group. “AAA has always played a critical role each holiday weekend by protecting motorists on our roadways, however, it is everyone’s responsibility to make good decisions and always choose a designated driver if you have been drinking.”

To take advantage of the Tow to Go program, call 1-855-2-TOW-2-GO or 1-855-286-9246.