ATLANTA- As promised, the Georgia State Patrol has been working hard on the roads in anticipation of increased drinking on the St. Patrick's Day weekend.
Saturday night, officers from a number of agencies including the GSP and the Suwanee Police Deparment conducted a DUI checkpoint on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard near McGinnis Ferry Road.
Suwanee Police Captain Cass Mooney said a similar roadblock last year netted them ten drunk driving arrests.
"We know that at night, and on a popular party weekend like this, people are four times as likely to be drunk out here. We want to stop that before a tragedy occurs," said Mooney.
Days earlier, state officials unveiled their plans to curb drunk driving. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety distributed 50,000 coasters to area bars and restaurants with slogans about driving safely. A QR code on each connects to a brand new free app called Drive Sober Georgia.
Spokesperson Katie Fallon said there's now no excuse for an inebriated driver to get behind the wheel.
"Our new app is free and it gives you a list of cabs and free rides home no matter where you are in the state," said Fallon.
In the metro Atlanta area, Checker Cabs is offering free rides home this weekend and AAA has it's tow and go program.
A tow truck takes you and your car home..free of charge and you don't have to be a AAA member to get the service.
Meantime, the GSP has more patrols planned and at least one other DUI checkpoint is scheduled Sunday night.