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New Year's Eve Partying: Don't Drink and Drive

Get a designated driver.

by Patch Staff

With New Year's Eve, lots of folks will be out celebrating and drinking.

Statistically, some will drive drunk, putting other motorists at risk.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving advises to "put safety before the party and always designate a sober driver before the celebration begins to ensure everyone arrives home alive."

Local and state police departments will have stepped up enforcement to try an catch those driving under the influence.

The Georgia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving estimates that drunk driving costs Georgia $1.3 billion a year.

Some other statistics in the last year about the Peach State when it comes to drunk driving according to MADD Georgia:

  • Rank: 3
  • 3-time offenders: 45,598
  • 5-time offenders: 5,782
  • DUI Fatalities: 277
  • % of total traffic deaths DUI related 23
  • % of change in DUI fatalities from previous to current year: -7.4
  • State subsidy of drunk driving fatalities: $1.3 billion
  • Georgia has excellent enforcement of its drunk driving laws. In 2013, MADD will advocate for ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.
  • Alcohol use in past month among persons aged 12 to 20: 23.60%
  • Alcohol use in past month among persons aged 12 to 20: 292,000
  • Binge alcohol use in past month among persons aged 12 to 20: 14.40% people
  • Binge alcohol use in past month among persons aged 12 to 20: 178,000 people

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