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‘Choose Your Ride’ added to ‘Click It or Ticket’ effort

POSTED: May 22, 2014 8:17 p.m.

To highlight the importance of safe driving and safe boating as the unofficial start of summer draws near, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Department of Natural Resources and Georgia State Patrol to add an impaired driving message to its Memorial Day Click It or Ticket campaign.

This year, Georgia boaters and motorists will be warned to choose their ride. Whether they’re drunk behind the wheel of their boat or their car, they will be caught and they will go to jail. Law enforcement agencies are cracking down to prevent boaters and motorists from having to ride in a patrol car, a DNR enforcement vehicle or even a hearse.

“We’ve got our DNR partners on the water and our GSP and local law enforcement partners on the road,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “No matter where you choose to celebrate this Memorial Day weekend, if you’re drunk behind the wheel, your home for the night will likely be in a jail cell.”

To highlight this year’s commitment to summer safety as the holiday weekend approaches, GOHS will be joining the state patrol and DNR at six popular boating destinations throughout the state to remind boaters and motorists alike to stay sober and buckle up behind the wheel. The agencies will take a two-day media tour to visit Lake Oliver, Lake Blackshear, Ocmulgee River, Ogeechee River, Savannah River and Lake Allatoona.

For more information on any of GOHS’s highway safety campaigns, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.

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