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Macon County Deputies Arrest Three on New Year's Eve

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Decatur - Police were out in full force looking for drunk drivers on New Year's Eve.

Macon County Sheriff's Deputies made three arrests between 6:00 PM on Monday night, and 6:00 am on Tuesday morning.
 
That was a number they were very happy to see.

That's because drinking and driving leads to over 10,000 deaths every year.
 
Deputies said that more people are using designated drivers to stay safe when ringing in the New Year.
 
Local cab companies also did their part to help keep streets safe.
 
Walker Limousine and A-1 Taxi provided free rides for over 300 people on New Year's Eve.
 
With those efforts, deputies told WAND News that there's no reason anyone should take the wheel while they are drunk.

"The decision to get a ride home boils down to whether or not it's free, and sometimes they can't get a free ride from friends.  So when they can get a free ride from a taxi cab, they're willing to take it," said Macon County sergeant Ronald Atkins.

Walker Limousine owner Anthony Walker added,"I think really to be honest with you it all boils down to it's a no-brainer.  Just say you had one drink, and you want to make sure you make it home and to your destination safely, and when you get out of the vehicle, there's no cost.  So it's a no-brainer I think."

Walker said the number of people who used the free rides this year were down, but added that like the sheriff's office, he thinks more people were being responsible and used more designated drivers.

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