Saturday, January 2, 2010

Add It Up: DUIs during the holidays

Posted By on Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Number of DUI arrests made by the Georgia State Patrol statewide during the 2009 New Year's holiday: 279

Number of those drivin' imbibers who were arrested in the five-county metro Atlanta area: 17

Number of crashes reported throughout the state during the 2009 holiday: 2,998

Number of people who died in alcohol-related crashes in Georgia during the 2009 holiday: 6

Approximate value, in dollars, of a "free funeral" a Rome, Ga., funeral home offered to people who promised to drink and drive on New Year's Eve: 15,000

Number of people who've made the promise, which owners say is aimed at raising awareness about drunk driving risks: 0

Approximate total cost, in dollars, of a DUI charge, including insurance, court and probation fees, and license reinstatement: 10,000

Approximate cost, in dollars, for a one-way cab ride for two people from Buckhead to Underground Atlanta to watch the Peach Drop: 20

Cost, in dollars, for one person to ride MARTA from Buckhead to Underground Atlanta and back: 4

Sources: Georgia Department of Human Services, Georgia State Patrol, Rome News-Tribune, Atlanta Checker Cab Co, MARTA

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