Memorial Day, most importantly, is a time for us to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States armed forces. But, It is also a time when most of us have time off from work and spend it with family and friends barbecuing or at the lake. Sometimes that involves traveling on the roads and highways, and unfortunately the roads are more dangerous during a long holiday weekend. Here's proof:
Sadly, Memorial Day weekend 2014 was definitely more dangerous and deadlier than last year as far as Georgia roads go, but Georgia's lakes were safer this year than last.
Seventeen individuals died in traffic crashes during the holiday weekend that began Friday May 24 at 6 PM and ended midnight Monday May 26th. During the 2013 Memorial Day holiday, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 6 traffic deaths last year, and nine this year. The remainder were processed by their respective local police departments.
Over the weekend, traffic fatalities occurred in Gwinnett, Cobb, Carroll, and Coweta counties, according to Georgia Department of Public Safety.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources say that two people drowned in Georgia waterways this weekend.
An 18 year-old who had just graduated hours before drowned in Lake Allatoona after playing a game on a dock with his friends.
The second case occurred at Tybee Island. The body of William Brown was pulled from the ocean by police. No details yet of how Brown died.
Two people drowned during the same holiday weekend last year.
State rangers cited 32 people, 10 on Lake Lanier for BUI or boating under the influence. Last year, 57 tickets were given for BUI during Memorial Day weekend, and 13 incidents involving boats were investigated versus 9 events so far this year, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. B.U.I. arrests were way down. That is good news.
Have you been arrested for DUI over the Memorial Day weekend? Were you charged with Boating under the Influence? Did you get a speeding ticket in Georgia? Where you cited for speeding ticket in Atlanta? If so, contact the Law Offices of Richard Lawson. As a former prosecutor, Richard has almost 20 years of experience defending Georgians charged with DUI and knows what to expect. In his 20 years of experience he has taught other defense attorneys how to defend DUI cases and has even instructed law enforcement officers on appropriate DUI arrest procedures. Sadly, the holiday weekend is over, so call our office anytime, day or night to begin your best defense!