As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I do my best to remind readers that every holiday weekend brings more people to the state of Georgia, and therefore means hectic and abnormal traffic on Georgia roadways.
Fourth of July weekends have been notoriously fatal for those on Georgia roads. As a result, the Georgia State Patrol has issued a warning reminding drivers to stay safe and to obey the law. This advice has been issued regardless of the pandemic.
According to reports from 2019, twenty-six people were killed in collisions on Georgia roadways over Fourth of July weekend. The GSP released the following statements:
“Despite restraints under COVID-19 guidelines, social distancing, wearing masks and timelines for re-opening states, motorists still plan to travel the roadways in celebration of the beginning of summer and family and friends will be participating in Fourth of July events. The Department of Public Safety wants everyone to put safety first by following the posted speed limit, not driving while impaired, making sure all occupants are restrained, keeping your hands off of your cell phones, and adhering to social distancing guidelines, wearing masks when necessary.”
The Troopers have reported that they will be upping their presence on roadways during the three-day weekend. Their goal is to keep the number of traffic violations and traffic crashes at a minimum. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that the summer holidays are the most deadly as a result of crashes involving intoxication from alcohol. Last year, there were over four hundred arrested for DUI in Georgia.
Please remember to be safe this weekend. If drinking, plan to have a designated driver control the driving and commuting. Do not risk placing yourself or others in danger.
We also understand that mistakes happen and that can be devastating. If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact our offices now. We can help you with your case now.