As metro Atlanta residents prepare to ring in a New Year, TEAM Georgia, which unites government, sports, civic and business leaders in the fight against impaired driving, has ensured that partygoers can rest assured with a safe ride home on New Year’s Eve through Jan. 2. This is a program that shows how small businesses can work with government to save lives.
TEAM Georgia’s 2012 “Safe Holiday” Campaign has partnered with the Governor’s Office of Highway and 11 Alive to provide partygoers with a free ride from Checker Cab or Budweiser/AAA “Tow to Go,” if they feel they are unable to drive home safely.
The campaign draws on support from the hospitality industry to promote responsible celebrations of the season.
The Safe Holiday Campaign involves area bars and restaurants to display the Safe Holiday Guide, offer a free non-alcoholic drink to designated drivers, and inform patrons about the free ride home available. The campaign’s 2012 Safe Holiday Guide will reach thousands of Georgia businesses and private hosts with safe celebration suggestions, plus safety and legal reminders for partygoers. Click here to see the guide.
TEAM Georgia reminds you to:
· Designate a Driver
· Pass the Keys to a sober friend
· Call Checker Cab for a free ride home, 404-351-1111, or
· Call Budweiser/AAA Tow to Go, 800-AAA-HELP, to take you and your vehicle home.
“Keeping our community safe is truly a team effort, and this campaign brings together a caring and determined family of Atlanta’s finest to look out for each other this holiday season,” said Ron Fennel, chairman of TEAM Georgia. “
One out of three traffic crash fatalities in Georgia is alcohol-related, and over the past decade, the highest number of crashes in Georgia occurred from October to December. Also, the chance of a crash being fatal is six times higher in crashes involving an impaired driver.
The TEAM Georgia Safe Holiday Campaign is presented in partnership with 11 Alive, Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, News/Talk 750-WSB, AAA Auto Club South, Checker Cab, Budweiser and with the support of the Georgia Restaurant Association. TEAM Georgia is a safe and sober driving coalition comprised of concerned businesses, public safety officials and members of Atlanta’s sporting teams. For more information on the Safe Holiday Campaign, contact TEAM Georgia at 404-261-6053 or visit www.teamgeorgia.net.
It’s a fun night, keep it that way and be safe.
Happy New Year’s everyone.