In just over a week, the new `Drive Sober GA` smartphone app has debuted to impressive download numbers on the Android market. Current data shows the new app, which lets Georgia motorists find a free sober ride in their area, has been downloaded nearly 1,000 times on the Android market. `To know that 1,000 people will have an alternative to drinking and driving at their fingertips is great news for Georgia. This is the first time we have developed a product for the smart phone market and we are delighted with the response,` said Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). `I have had parents of college students tell me that their children have downloaded the app as a precaution. That`s why we have it available.`

GOHS debuted this lifesaving app, which is also available on the iPhone market, because despite Georgia experiencing an 11 percent reduction in impaired driving fatalities in 2010, the issue remains a problem throughout the state.

To address this problem, GOHS consulted with safety partners across the state to compile a list of free sober ride programs to make sure everyone gets home safely on one of the most notorious impaired driving nights of the year.

And with smartphones dominating the cell phone market, GOHS decided to make this valuable resource available where so many people can access it.

`We know that people are attached to their cell phones these days,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “So we made it as easy as possible by putting a free sober ride in the palm of their hands. But keep in mind that the app should not be used while driving. Texting while driving adds another element of danger we just don’t need.”

The application allows people in all corners of the state to have mobile access to organizations, like AAA’s Tow To Go, providing free rides home for those too impaired to drive home themselves. Whether you are an individual who needs a ride, a party host looking out for one of your guests or a bar or restaurant needing a ride for customers, this app will help you through the process.

The new Drive Sober GA app is part of Georgia’s annual Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over campaign to reduce impaired driving crashes, injuries and fatalities. While the state’s zero tolerance policy for drunk driving is in effect 24/7/365, GOHS is using the travel period surrounding New Year’s to remind Georgia motorists that if they get pulled over for a DUI, they will get arrested and they will go to jail.

To learn more about the Drive Sober Georgia app, visit www.drivesobergeorgia.com and to learn more about Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.

 

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