Valdosta Daily Times

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December 31, 2013

Cracking down on DUI

Checkpoints in place tonight

VALDOSTA — Law enforcement agencies will be out in force tonight establishing checkpoints to take intoxicated drivers off the road and recommend finding safe ways to get home after New Year’s celebrations.

Valdosta police and other local agencies will be establishing DUI checkpoints throughout Lowndes County this evening to catch intoxicated drivers before they cause harm to themselves and others and to discourage party-goers from getting behind the wheel in the first place.

“Our prosecutors take DUIs very seriously, and they rarely let people plead down on charges,” said Sgt. Jeremyah Jones. “You’ll face jail time, hearings, license suspension — it’s a long, drawn-out process.”

The Valdosta Police Department encourages drivers to take advantage of local services instead of getting behind the wheel drunk and to make transportation plans ahead of time.

“Tipsy Transit offers transportation services in town, and Moody Air Force Base has a service for all of its airmen,” said Jones.

Sober Ride is a volunteer program at Moody Air Force Base that provides rides home for airmen after a night out. Tipsy Transit provides rides to and from local bars and restaurants.

AAA’s “Tow to Go” program with Anheuser-Busch offers a different kind of transportation service. Tow to Go sends tow trucks to take motorists and their vehicles home safely within a ten-mile radius.

AAA recommends finding a designated driver before going out, but offers their program as a last resort.

If you need a ride home tonight, the following are numbers to services that can help:

Tipsy Transit

(229) 234-1448

244 Taxi

(229) 244-8294

Five Star Taxi

(229) 563-8800

Sober Ride - Moody AFB

(229) 25-SOBER

(229) 257-6237

AAA Tow to Go

(855) 2-TOW-2-GO

(855) 286-9246

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