Tailgating at the annual UGA/Florida game has been called the “world’s largest outdoor cocktail party.”
That’s why Georgia and Florida law enforcement officers will be working together to crack down on drunk drivers next weekend when the Bulldogs face off against the Gators, ABC News reports. Don’t end your night with a trip to the drunk tank.
“The Georgia-Florida game is a college football tradition and one of the highlights of the football season. We certainly want everyone to have a good time, but we also want everyone to be safe,” said Col. Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “Troopers will be patrolling throughout the weekend, watching for impaired drivers in an effort to prevent tragic crashes on the roads of the two states.”
If you plan on tailgating at the game or anywhere else, you don’t want to get nabbed for public intoxication. So if you’re a particularly loud, obnoxious, or mean drunk, you should probably limit yourself to a drink or two. Under Georgia law, for example, you can be charged with public intoxication if your drunken state causes you to be “vulgar, profane, loud, or [use] unbecoming language.”
If you plan on driving somewhere to watch the game, resist the urge to get the party started en route. Under Georgia’s open container law, it’s illegal to have an unsealed container of alcohol in the passenger compartment of your vehicle. That doesn’t just go for the driver, but for passengers as well. An open container citation will probably get you a steep fine.
Most importantly, don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. Cab fare is small change compared to DUI penalties. Driving with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher can get you jail time, a fine of up to $1,000, and at least 40 hours of community service.
Your best bet is to designate a sober driver. If you’re throwing a party, make sure to have non-alcoholic drinks on hand for the DDs.