There are a lot of different options for Middle Georgians who want to imbibe on New Years Eve without worrying about getting a DUI.
Lt. Sean DeFoe of the Bibb County Sheriffs Office offered several tips for those hosting New Years Eve festivities, including:
Plan ahead of time by naming a designated driver;
Contact a local cab company to provide rides for guests;
Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option for your guests, and stop serving alcoholic beverages several hours before the party ends;
Provide guests with a place to stay overnight.
For those attending New Years Eve events, DeFoe said people should plan ahead and designate a sober driver for the evening, or call a cab or a friend to pick up someone who is impaired. He also said people should take the keys from someone if they think the person is too impaired to drive.
The American Automobile Association is continuing its Tow to Go program for anyone who needs a lift from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday. People using the service dont have to belong to AAA. A wrecker will take the impaired individual and vehicle home.
Revelers also can download an app for their phones called Drive Sober, Georgia. The App lists several taxi companies and their phone numbers throughout the state.
For Middle Georgians attending the Cherry Blossom Ball Drop event at Cherry Street Plaza on Tuesday night, eight off-duty police officers will be on hand to help with security, said Sean Pritchard, spokesman for the Cherry Blossom Festival.
He said the beverage vendor is licensed and will be handling all ID verification at the event. In addition, he said all downtown bars that are open Tuesday night have lists of available cab services.
According to information from the Georgia Department of Public Safety, there were 694 crashes across the state during the last New Years holiday period that covered 102 hours. There were four fatalities and 353 injuries. An official with the department said state troopers made 352 arrests for DUI during the period.
To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.