‘Tis Always the Season to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over


‘Tis always the season to drive sober or get pulled over. Keep this Christmas season merry and bright by following the law and refusing to drink and drive.

Motorists will soon see Sandersville Police officers working a special high-visibility enforcement campaign to spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving from December 15 through January 1.

Tragically, the month of December is a dangerous time for people on the roads. Last year, 13 people died in motor vehicle crashes statewide over the Christmas holiday. More parties and festivities bring out more drunk drivers. The SPD urges drivers to always make a plan before heading out to a celebration.

“Drunk driving isn’t just dangerous, it is illegal,” said Captain Kelly Collins of the Sandersville Police Department. “We need a commitment from everyone to keep the roads free of drunk drivers so that we all can have a safe holiday season.”

Sandersville Police are reminding citizens of the many resources available to get them safely home, such as designating a sober driver or calling a taxi/ride share.

A few dollars spent on a ride is a lot cheaper than a DUI, which can cost up to $10,000. Don’t ever be too proud or embarrassed to ask for a ride. Allowing a sober driver to help you get home safely keeps you and others safe.

“What’s more embarrassing – asking for a sober ride home or spending the night in jail?” said Captain Collins. “It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave for the party. There are simply no excuses for drunk driving.”

If you have a friend who is about to drive drunk, take away their keys and help them get home. Do not worry about offending someone, as they will thank you later. Always have a plan before heading out for the evening. If you wait until after you’ve been drinking to figure out how to get from one place to the next, you will already be too impaired to make the right choices.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, do not hesitate to contact Sandersville Police at 478-552-3038.