JEFFERSONVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Twiggs County is one of the Georgia counties increasing patrols for St. Patrick’s Day.
“There’s a deep flow of traffic going to Savannah every St. Patrick’s Day weekend,” said Major Chip Stokes from the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office.
Stokes said they will have an increased presence of deputies on patrol as well as a DUI checkpoint.
“Last year we made 19 arrests. That included DUIs, wanted persons, drugs, illegal narcotics that was coming through the county that we caught in the road check. The year before that we did like 192 arrests,” recalled Stokes.
There will be an increase of patrols across the state, according to a news release. GOHS says in 2014, 18 people were killed nationwide because of drunk driving crashes on St. Patrick’s Day. GOHS adds the holiday has become one of the nation’s deadliest because of alcohol.
“I’ve seen [people] killed. I’ve seen decapitations. We’ve seen it all,” said Stokes.
GOHS also asks everyone to take advantage of the “Drive Sober, Georgia” smartphone app. It offers a database of safe and sober ride options throughout the state.
- Plan a safe way home before the partying begins
- Designate a sober driver before you start drinking and leave your car keys at home
- Use a taxi, call a sober friend or use public transportation if you’re too impaired to drive
- Contact local law enforcement if you see a drunk driver
- Be prepared to take away someone’s keys and find them a sober ride home