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Bibb County Sheriff's office cracking down on drunk driving during New Years

Bibb County Sheriff's office is asking people not to drink and drive during New Years Eve. Jennifer Munoz (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- After the New Year countdown people will head home for the night. The Bibb County Sheriff's Office will be on the look out for those who get behind the wheel after drinking, according to Captain Randy Gonzales.

"We are going to be out there, are we are going to be watching, so we just want to get this message out there to people to think about it and not go out driving if you have had something to drink," said Gonzales.

There are serious consequences for driving under the influence of any substance.

"Even possibly causing someones death -- and that is something that you can't bring back or you can't change once that happens. And people really need to think about that," Gonzales said.

On average 300 people die in drunk driving crashes the week between Christmas and New Years nationwide according to U.S. Department of Transportation.

In the state of Georgia you can be charged with a DUI if you have a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.

If you have anything to drink Captain Gonzales recommends people designate a driver, call a taxi, or use ride share apps like Uber or Lyft.

Brenda Smith with Coliseum Health said drinking can impair your reactions and judgment, making it dangerous to drive.

"Because it is a holiday more than likely you will drink a little more than normal you got to have plan you got to have a friend that is maybe going to pick you up you got to have the taxi numbers you got to have a plan when you leave so you can be safe," said Smith.

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