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Staying Safe on the Roads over St Patrick's Day Weekend

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Thousands of people will be on the streets of Savannah this weekend, but how are they getting home? Thousands of people will be on the streets of Savannah this weekend, but how are they getting home?

So you've got a spot to watch the parade, your family is ready, and so are the food and drinks but are you ready for after the parade is over, after you've had a few and it's time to go home?  

Before you get behind the wheel, you have a few options.  

AAA is doing their part to help.

They are back with the 'tow to go" program.

Budweiser and Savannah city leaders put a spotlight on the program today.
 
If you call 1-800-AAA-help. They'll give you and your car a free tow home if you overindulged during your holiday festivities.

"Don't wait til a couple drinks into the night to decide how you are going to get home," said Joann Newton from AAA. "Everyone thinks you are going to have one or two drinks. In an atmosphere, a celebration like this, you are going to go over. Don't put yourself in a situation where you don't have a plan A."

Another plan could be taking a taxi home.

They will have every available driver on the roads this weekend, and more.

Cab companies are even adding extra, temporary drivers to the fleet to make sure your cab ride home is with a professional and not some fly by night agency.

If you don't want to leave your car downtown, and don't mind paying a couple bucks, just use Savannah's Designated Driver.  

Savannah lawyer Christie Register came up with the idea. A trained driver will bring you and your car home, so nothing will happen to either of you overnight.

"It's very expensive to get a DUI, but also for a lot of people you'll lose your career in addition to that," explained Register. "There's so many DUI's now, in Savannah and everywhere. People are still taking that risk."

"If you are super intoxicated, that's a no brainer, you are not ok to drive. But if you have had a few drinks, you may be feeling it a little. That's where people mess up. That's what we've been seeing. It's not with people stumbling to their car... maybe I shouldn't, maybe I'm ok. That's the problem."

Savannah's Designated Driver will cost you $15 to start plus $3 a mile.
 
Just call (912) 344-5667.

If you believe it may be too much of a pain to wait for a ride - or too much to pay?

Think of it this way, the cost of a DUI can be more than $10,000. That's including attorney fees, insurance rates climbing, and even loss of job.

So make sure to be careful, and smart.

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