Sunday, May 25, 2014
RICHMOND CO., Ga. (WRDW)- Thousands are hitting the road this weekend to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend. Since Friday, Georgia state patrol is reporting 10 fatalities across the state.
AAA and Bud Light are teaming up offering a tow to go service to keep the roads and you safe this holiday weekend.
It's been five years since Diana Sikes lost her oldest son Donnie, but not a day goes by that she doesn't forget that phone call.
"I lost it. I didn't know what to say or think," said Diana Sikes.
March 1, 2009, the Sikes family had been out celebrating their youngest brothers birthday. Donnie got a ride home, but he never made it there. The driver had been drinking and lost control of the car.
"This is where the truck went off into the ditch and hit the culvert and rolled over," Sikes said.
Donnie was killed just a month before his 22nd birthday. Diana painfully looks back at where the accident happened.
"Not only did we lost our son, but I lost a future daughter in law, future grand kids, but the boy's family also lost him because he's in prison. So it doesn't affect just one family it affects several," Sikes said.
In 2012 more than 300 people died because of drunk driving. This weekend, AAA wants to make sure that doesn't happen to you. In Georgia, if you call them they will take you and your car anywhere within 10 miles for free.
"AAA will come out and take you and your vehicle home within 10 miles of wherever your drinking, but again that's a last resort. What we want is for folks to have a plan in place," said Matt Nasworthy, Traffic safety program consultant for AAA.
That one phone call could save a life.
"You don't affect just you when you're drinking and driving. You affect so many people. So just call somebody. They'll come get you," Sikes said.
If you don't have a plan in place, the number to call is 1 (855) 2-TOW-2-GO.