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Press Release - Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) Holiday Reminder for Drivers/Riders


Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) Holiday Reminder for Drivers/Riders
Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving
(Conyers, GA) – This holiday season, the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP), a division of the Department of Driver Services (DDS), is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind all drivers and riders that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving and to always plan a sober ride before the holiday parties begin.

GMSP Manager Tom Komjathy states; “too many people take to the roadways after consuming alcohol because they think they are “okay to drive.”  During the holiday season, festive parties and celebrations with alcohol contribute to the number of impaired vehicle operators on our roadways. Please, separate the consumption of alcohol with the operation of any vehicle, on any road/highway.”

Any consumption of alcohol can impair your judgment and reaction times, making it unsafe for you to drive.  Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving is a nationwide impaired driving campaign to inform all vehicle operators about the dangers of driving after drinking.

Drunk driving kills thousands of people in our country every year.  In 2015, 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes on our roadways, and 29 percent (10,265) died in crashes that involved a driver/rider with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit of .08.

This time of year is especially dangerous.  In December 2015 alone, there were 840 people killed in crashes involving at least one drunk driver or motorcycle operator. 

This holiday season, GMSP and NHTSA urge you to designate a sober driver before you start drinking.  Before heading out for a ride, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll ride/drive.  If you choose to drink, designate a sober, reliable person to drive.  If you plan to ride or drive, commit to not drinking.  There are also other options to get you home safely.  Use NHTSA’s SaferRide App to find a cab, call a sober friend, or use public transportation.  Many restaurants and bars also offer a courtesy designated driver service.

Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP)
The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) is a part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. In addition to offering rider education and licensing programs, the GMSP also promotes motorist awareness programs, share the road campaigns, and is focused on highway safety issues affecting Georgia motorcyclists. The GMSP directly operates training sites throughout Georgia. GMSP offers low cost, professional training to assist riders in improving their skills with a Basic Riders Course; Basic Rider Course 2 (Formally the “Experienced Rider Course”) and an Advanced Riders Course.