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Georgia Dept. of Public Safety Receives $3M Grant for Impaired Driving Prevention

January 04, 2019

ATLANTA, GA. – As reported online by, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety awarded a $3 million grant to the Georgia Department of Public Safety for impaired driving prevention.* 

The grant will be used for programs targeted at reducing vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities related to impaired driving. 

“Unfortunately, law enforcement officers encounter impaired drivers far too often,” said Col. Mark W. McDonough, Department of Public Safety Commissioner. “DPS is committed to removing these drivers from our roads. This grant is a benefit to both GOHS and DPS to achieve the common goal of deterring impaired driving on Georgia’s roads.” 

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety awarded the funds to the Department of Public Safety on October 1, and the funds will be effective through September 30, 2019. 

In 2017, the rate of drunk driving fatalities in the United States was 3.3 per 100,000 population, according to a report from This figure represents a 64 percent decline since 1982, when record-keeping first began. It also represents a 47 percent decrease since 1991, when The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility was founded. 

While the decreases are indicative of progress in the fight against drunk driving, more work needs to be done. Drunk driving accidents still accounted for almost 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States in 2017. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 10,874 people died in 2017 in alcohol-related crashes. Sixty-seven percent of those crashes involved drivers with BACs of .15 or greater (nearly double the legal limit). 

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