HCPD begins “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

If you’re thinking about driving while under the influence during the holiday season in Henry County, think again.

The Henry County Police Department is working now through Jan. 1 in search of impaired drivers in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

County officials reported this week that last December’s holiday travel period in Henry County saw 776 crashes, 248 injuries and five traffic deaths.

“We don’t want to see a repeat of such tragedies in 2015,” according to an HCPD spokesperson.

This has been a difficult year in Georgia for traffic fatalities and impaired driving, as well as distracted driving and unbelted crashes, according to GOHS director Harris Blackwood.

“We want people to make it to their family and friends safely,” he said. “That’s why we’re warning people who will be out celebrating that Georgia is a zero tolerance state. If caught driving impaired, you will not get a warning. You will be arrested and you will go to jail.”

As people spend more time on the road during this season while shopping, entertaining and commuting, officials want to remind motorists that a sober ride home is always within their reach by downloading “Drive Sober, Georgia”, the free smartphone app available for Apple and Android devices. The app lists both paid and free sober ride programs available statewide. Free sober rides home are also available through Checker Cab and AAA’s Tow To Go from Christmas Eve through Jan. 2.

In an attempt to be as proactive as possible, the HCPD will be conducting saturated patrols and temporary road checks during the holiday season. Also, all sober motorists are reminded to remain alert during the holidays. If you see a drunk driver on the road, report it right away by calling 9-1-1.