Drinking and driving is never a good choice. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), “Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and about a quarter of those crashes involve an underage drinking driver.”
The dangers of drunk driving are no secret to the City of Snellville, which is why they make an effort to address this issue head on and reduce the prevalence of impaired drivers on the road.
Snellville’s City Councilman Bobby Howard believes that “the Snellville Cop Cab has been a wonderful addition to the methods used to combat drinking and driving. Everywhere it has appeared, it starts the conversation with all age groups about the hazards of getting behind the wheel impaired. It’s a non-stop effort to reduce DUI arrests and fatalities.”
GUIDE is one of the many supporters of the Cop Cab and is grateful for the opportunity to provide prevention materials and resources that are shared with the community when the car is at various events around the City of Snellville and Gwinnett County.
Another way that the City of Snellville addresses drinking and driving is by conducting Public Safety Checkpoints. In May, Snellville police officers conducted one of these checkpoints and checked 50 cars. No one was cited for driving under the influence.
Last year, 45 cars were stopped with no one d
riving under the influence during the checks. GUIDE is appreciative for the opportunity to help fund these checks for the past two years and celebrate the impact the city’s hard work has made.
According to the City of Snellville Police Chief Whitehead, “In order to keep our roadways as safe as possible, it is incumbent on law enforcement to strictly enforce all impaired driving laws. Public Safety Checkpoints combined with our education and marketing efforts, including the Cop Cab, are vital to removing impaired drivers from our roadways.”
Snellville City Councilman Bobby Howard adds that “with the use of Public Safety Checkpoints and the Snellville Cop Cab, we believe we are making a difference.”
Because of all these coordinated efforts, we are able to prevent harmful consequences of underage drinking, such as DUIs and alcohol-related crashes, and protect our youth and adults.
The choice is up to you, DUI—the $10,000 ride home—or taking a cab. What ride will you choose?