Motorists are reminded that the results from drinking and driving can end up costly no matter how many drinks you’ve had.  "Violators often face jail time, higher insurance rates, and other unanticipated expenses, such as attorney’s fees, court costs, towing expenses, and lost time," Colonel Hitchens added.

The Georgia State Patrol cautions:

  1. Don’t ever get behind the wheel of a vehicle when you are impaired;
  2. Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
  3. Designate a sober driver in advance and leave your keys at home;
  4. Wear your seat belt while in a car or use a helmet and protective gear when on a motorcycle as these are your best defenses against an impaired driver.

The Christmas holiday traffic count begins Thursday, December 24 at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight Sunday, December 27.  The New Year’s holiday travel period is also 78 hours long and begins Thursday, December 31 at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight Sunday, January 3, 2010.