News 12 at 11 o' clock/ Monday, Dec. 30, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga.--If you've got big plans for New Year's Eve, part of those plans should include a safe ride home.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has been making New Year's plans of their own, and they're doing things a little differently this year when it comes to catching drunk drivers.
Along with increased patrols, Georgia State Troopers will also be in Augusta assisting deputies with checkpoints all over the county.
Sgt. Redmon with the RCSO Traffic Patrol says, "We're going to have multiple checkpoints I can guarantee you that throughout the county tomorrow at different times of the day and night."
And this year, they're going to be doing things a little differently. This year, they will change the location of the checkpoints throughout the day and night.
The times have definitely changed, and thanks to texting and social media, it's become easier for drivers to find out where checkpoints are, and avoid those areas.
"We're looking at the social media just like you are, and other people are too. As soon as the message gets saturated through social media, we know it's time to pick up and move to another location," Sgt. Redmon said.
So, if you think you'll be able to avoid a checkpoint, think again.
"That's why we have these plans. For those people who tend to believe that they're the ones that are going to dodge the bullet," Sgt. Redmon says.
The bottom line--don't roll the dice.
"We want everyone to have a good evening. We want them to attend their parties, but plan ahead, get a designated driver," he said.