It’s 2:30AM in the wee hours of New Year’s Day when you get in your car to leave the party; you’re not hammered but the few glasses of champagne with your friends at Dubs Public House on River Street are making you feel a nice buzz. On the drive home, you are careful to obey the speed limit, focus to stay in your lane, and then on the last turn before your street you roll a little fast through a stop sign and hear the dreaded whoop whoop of the patrol car’s siren.
Cops and robbers. At New Year’s Eve parties and into the early hours of New Year’s Day, police the world over are facing their fair share of drunken merrymakers. Despite what many may think, the police aren’t dumb. They know a lot of people will be out celebrating and then get in their cars for a dangerous ride home. According to a State of Georgia news article, the State sees some 200,000 DUI arrests each year. The article also points to a staggering 11,773 people being killed in drunk driving crashes each year[i]. With these kinds of statistics, officers in Savannah are keeping a careful watch for any erratic or illegal behavior and cracking down hard on New Year’s intoxicated drivers.
Crime and punishment. Even with just a few glasses of champagne, you can be over the 0.08-limit in the State of Georgia. Getting a DUI conviction in Georgia has a ton of nasty consequences. For starters, if it’s your first offense, you can expect to be required to complete at least 40 hours of community service, can be jailed and have your license suspended for up to a year, and/or could pay thousands of dollars in fines and fees. Your night went from bar hopping on River Street to being handcuffed in the back of a SPD squad car. With the jail time, cost of bail/bonding out, fines, fees, and skyrocketing your insurance rates, the total cost of a DUI can easily ballpark $10,000. Not to mention these direct costs, with a DUI conviction you can be fired from your present position and may find it difficult to secure future employment. Added up, that’s some expensive champagne!
Keep Our City Safe. Instead of going through all this, why not get Farah and Farah to give you a free ride New Year’s Eve? Okay, so it’s not actually Eddie or Chuck Farah driving you home, but they have partnered with Uber and taxi companies Yellow Cab and Elite Taxiin Savannah to make sure you have a safe way to get home after bringing in the New Year. The program runs from 8:00PM on 12/31/18 to 3:00AM on 1/1/19. It’s the least we can do to keep our city safe. Unless you’ve experienced it, you’ll never know the deep sadness befallen to those who have lost a loved one as a result of a drunk driver. If you’ve been drinking on New Year’s, don’t get behind the wheel. Whip out your smartphone, click on the link below, and get a free ride home. To get all the details and to fill out the form to receive your rider code, click here.
Farah & Farahis passionate about protecting victims. If you’re injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, we understand how to navigate the complicated insurance and legal processes to get you the compensation you need to be whole again. We pride ourselves on taking the pressure off you by supporting you and managing the entire process, so you can focus on getting better. Some of the things we’re really good at include making sure your insurance company gives you the fair market value for your vehicle, negotiating medical bills, and knowing when insurance companies are trying to short-change the claim. Let our experts review your claim for free today.
[i]Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (2009) https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/press-releases/2009-12-29/dui-10000-toast