Remarks by Ambassador Degnan to the media at the launch of the campaign against drinking and driving. Photo: MOIA Georgia
Qn about the event
Ambassador Kelly Degnan: It was a very important event. I am very happy to be here to join the Home Office in launching a public service announcement on the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. The U.S. Embassy is very proud to have cooperated in a coordinated manner with the Home Office on this initiative, as it will save lives, especially at this time of year when Georgians celebrate the holidays with their families. friends and family around the table above, it is even more important to be very aware not to drive if you have been drinking too much.
Unfortunately, in Georgia there is a very high percentage of fatalities and accidents due to impaired driving. This is twice as much as in the rest of Europe. So this is really a serious problem here. And this PSA, we hope, will make the public understand the dangers of driving and how easy it is to be a safe driver. At the end of the day, if you’ve been drinking, don’t drive. If a friend has been drinking, don’t let them get in the car and drive. If you’re having a party, don’t let your guests go home if they’ve been drinking too much. And really very basic – wearing your seat belt in your car can save your life. So these are all rules of thumb that save lives and will also help the Patrol Police keep us safe while on vacation so that we can enjoy our friends and family in a safe environment. Once again, it was truly a very important event and I am very honored to be here. Gilotsavt Shoba – Akhal Tsels (Happy Holidays)!