Police plan DUI crackdown for St. Patrick's Day weekend - FOX 26 News | MyFoxHouston

Police plan DUI crackdown for St. Patrick's Day weekend

Posted: Updated:

St. Patrick's Day is a holiday associated with Irish pubs and green beer. If those will be included in your celebration, police have a warning for you -- they'll be out in full force this weekend to crackdown on drunk drivers.

If you get behind the wheel after drinking this weekend, you can bet, that the "luck of the Irish" won't get you too far.

"If you're relying on luck to get you home, if you've had too much to drink, I don't care if you have a pocket full of four leaf clovers and have kissed the Blarney Stone, you're going to get in trouble," said Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety, along with the Georgia State Patrol and Team Georgia, are warning Georgians that they'll be out in full force this weekend cracking down on drunk driving.

"Seven hundred people from 2005-2011 were killed on the roads of the United States on St. Patrick's Day due to drunk drivers, 700 people. That's nationwide. But that's 700 people who don't get to celebrate another St. Patrick's Day or another birthday or another Christmas or another anniversary," Blackwood said.

Jason Anavitarte was on hand to reiterate that message. He lost his brother to a drunk driver

"March 3, 2002. Sunday morning. My brother Joshua, there's a photo of him over there, was killed by an impaired drunk driver on West Paces Ferry Road in front of Pace Academy and it's a day that changed my life, changed my family's life forever," said Anavitarte.

you can expect increased patrols and DUI checkpoints throughout the metro area this weekend.  
 
"Ladies and gentleman, we are more committed than ever to getting drunk drivers off the road in this state and we're going to do that," said Blackwood.

The state has even created an smartphone app to help you find a sober ride. You can search for it on your phone, or you may see it on coasters at your local watering hole -- 50,000 of them have been distributed. On the back of the coaster  is a bar code. You scan it with your phone, and up pops a list of sober rides available to you.

"You just pick your area, find a company that can come pick you up and you've got a sober ride home," said Katie Fallon.

The smartphone app is called Drive Sober Georgia. It gives you a list of cab companies and other transportation options for you to call to get a sober ride in your area.

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

  • Good Day Atlanta

    Actress Taraji P. Henson discusses her new film: No Good Deed

    Actress Taraji P. Henson discusses her new film: No Good Deed

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:25 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:25:05 GMT
    Terri (Taraji P. Henson) is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin (Idris Elba), a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble.
    Terri (Taraji P. Henson) is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin (Idris Elba), a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble.
  • Hidden fees in checking accounts: Who's transparent, who's not

    Hidden fees in checking accounts: Who's transparent, who's not

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:10:06 GMT
    We already know about some of the fees our banks charge -- the monthly fee, the overdraft charge, out-of-network and minimum balance fees. That's standard stuff. But did you know that the average checking account has 30 fees attached?
    We already know about some of the fees our banks charge -- the monthly fee, the overdraft charge, out-of-network and minimum balance fees. That's standard stuff. But did you know that the average checking account has 30 fees attached?
Powered by WorldNow

KRIV FOX 26
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: (713) 479-2801
Fax: (713) 479-2859

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices