Law enforcement tracking where drunk drivers take their last drink

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Saturday, August 30th, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)- It's up to you not to get behind the wheel if you've been drinking, but one agency says it's also up to bars and restaurants not to overserve. It's something the national transportation safety board wants to start keeping track of.

90 Augustans have been arrested for a DUI since august 15th, and when they got pulled over officers ask have you been drinking?
Now they may ask where you had your last drink?
Something the NTSB hopes could lower the number of arrests

It's Labor Day weekend, and first weekend of college football.

For John Rivers, a former Virginia Tech wide receiver.
This season is a little more special he's watching his son Derek Rivers defesive end for Youngstown State play Illinois today.

"To watch him carry on that torch is pretty good," said Rivers.

A proud father watching his son play, and thousands of others watching or tailgating this holiday weekend. While the drinks are flowing, law enforcement is cracking down on drunk drivers. Alcohol related accidents kill over 10,000 people every year.

"The last thing I want to have to hear is some horrific accident involving one of my family members or one of my kids," said Rivers.

To help bring those numbers down the national transportation safety board has an idea.
When drunk drivers get pulled over they want officers to ask where you had your last drink?

"It's not a bad thing. I think it's a good thing. adults as alcoholic beverage drinkers on weekends like this we need to be responsible," said Rivers.

The National Safety Board says states should keep place of last drink data to see which bars are over serving.

"We ask them to order more food, get some water, and we keep all the cab numbers on our front door, and I've called plenty of cabs myself," said Timothy Cochran, manager Somewhere in Augusta

The data can also help law enforcement crack down on bars that serve to underage drinkers.

"You dont want to serve somebody underage because what happens when they leave here. they're not 21 years old you could ruin their life and it still be your fault and I'd hate for that to be on anybody that works here," said Cochran.

The point, to save lives.
Throughout the year, every 51 minutes someone is killed by a drunk driver and on Labor Day weekend, it's one every 34 minutes.
Rivers says being safe is still up to you.

"Be an adult. You hold that title of being an adult for a reason. Be responsilbe not so much thinking about yourself but thinking about others. that would carry a long ways," said Rivers.

It's illegal for a bar or restaurant to serve to someone who's had too much to drink, but it's your responsibility to plan ahead and have a sober ride. Georgia's fatality numbers are down, but their goal this weekend is zero.