As we have previously discussed on our Athens, Georgia, DUI law blog, an individual may face serious legal and social consequences if charged with driving under the influence. Members of university athletic teams may be suspended from playing in games, professionals could lose their jobs and others could be sentenced to serve time in jail.
As noted in a previous post, a national DUI crackdown is underway under the direction of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The crackdown is timed to overlap with Labor Day and the few weeks leading up to the long holiday and the end of summer. The crackdown began on August 19 and will run all the way through Labor Day weekend, or September 5.
Summer is winding to a close as Labor Day weekend approaches. Students are returning to college and may be attending final summer celebrations in the last couple of weeks before classes truly get underway. In these last two weeks, law enforcement across the country and Georgia will be combining efforts to crack down on people who may be driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Georgia State Patrol will be out in full force on Georgia's highways over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The troopers will be looking for drivers who are driving aggressively, driving under the influence, speeding or are not wearing seatbelts. The stepped-up patrol will occur over the 78-hour period from 6 p.m. on Friday until midnight on July 4.
Georgia law enforcement officers will be out in full force over the long holiday weekend. Memorial Day weekend officially started on Friday afternoon at 6 p.m. and will continue through Monday at midnight, according to the perspective of law enforcement officers.
As discussed in the previous post, the holiday season is a time for numerous parties and celebrations, but the other side of the coin is that the holiday season is a time for increased enforcement of DUI and traffic laws. December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (3D Month), a time when safety and health organizations around the country step up their campaigns for preventing drunk driving and law enforcement steps up patrols.