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).