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Authorities urge New Year's partyers to avoid drunk driving

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ATLANTA (AP) - State authorities are urging holiday revelers to avoid drunk driving as they close out 2014 and welcome the new year.

Harris Blackwood is director of the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety. He says there's no excuse for party goers not to designate a sober driver in your group ahead of time or line up a taxi or other safe ride.

The state also is pushing citizens with smart phones to download the "Drive Sober, Georgia" app that identifies sober ride options for those who don't plan ahead.

If all else fails, Blackwood says, just arrange to stay the night wherever you are ringing in 2015.

Last year, between Nov. 20 and Dec. 31, drunk drivers in Georgia caused 1,143 traffic collisions that yielded 684 injuries and 18 deaths.

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