Richmond County deputies will be out in 'aggressive manner' to combat drinking and driving

 

Don’t be surprised to see an increase in police presence if you head out to watch the big game Sunday.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Ramone Lamkin said there won’t be a revival of Ope­ra­tion Thunder, but officers will be on the streets in an “aggressive manner” to combat drinking and driving.

“It’s a sports holiday and a real big event, so we know people are going to be out there trying to drink and drive,” he said.

Though traffic fatalities have been decreasing across Geor­gia, alcohol-related crashes are on the rise.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety asks that those throwing a Super Bowl party keep their guests’ safety in mind when they serve alcoholic beverages. Tips include making sure guests have a sober ride home before letting them consume alcohol, trading alcohol with other beverages, such as coffee, at the end of the third quarter and having a list of cab companies handy.

Georgia’s Drive Sober app provides a list of cab companies and other services that provide a safe way home.

Tow to Go, a free service offered by Bud Light and AAA, will also give rides and tows to residents in Georgia through 6 a.m. Monday. The service, which is meant to be used as a last resort, has removed more than 23,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads since its inception in 1998.

For a ride and tow with Tow to Go, call (855) 286-9246 (2-TOW-2-GO).

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