Last week on our Athens, Georgia, DUI law blog, we discussed the TEAM Georgia 2011 Safe Holiday Tow to Go campaign. The campaign is offering sober transportation services in some areas throughout the state in order to prevent individuals from getting behind the wheel of vehicle after drinking too much.
But if individuals do choose to drink and drive this holiday season, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) warns that the chances of getting arrested are high and drivers could face serious consequences after a DUI arrest in Georgia.
The annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" DUI enforcement campaign is in full swing this holiday season, which runs from Dec. 16 through New Year's Day. During this time, the Georgia State Patrol and other local law enforcement increase road checks and patrols in order to catch drunk drivers before they potentially injure or kill themselves or others in an accident.
In a release regarding the annual DUI enforcement campaign, the GOHS director warns, "Don't let your holiday season end in an arrest, or worse, death."
According to the Newnan Times-Herald, individuals between the ages of 21 and 24 account for the highest percentage of alcohol-related traffic deaths in the nation. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that one person is killed every 48 minutes in an alcohol-related traffic accident. In December 2009, more than 750 people were killed in drunk driving accidents.
By reminding Georgia residents of the dangers of drinking and driving, troopers hope that individuals will choose to take several precautions in order to make sure that the roads are safer for all who plan on traveling this holiday season.
Some precautions individuals can take to avoid a DUI arrest in Georgia this holiday season include: arranging for safe transportation before going out, calling a cab or a sober driver to pick you up if you do end up drinking and leaving your car keys at home. Individuals are also encouraged to make sure that their friends and family members do not attempt to drive if they have been drinking.
Source: WALB, "Drive sober or get pulled over has officially began," Dec. 19, 2011