The holiday season is a time for celebration, parties, and gatherings with
friends and family. Naturally, many of us choose to celebrate with good
food and drink. Knowing this, law enforcement agencies throughout Atlanta
and the state of Georgia are reminding local residents to stay safe when
consuming alcohol this holiday season, especially if they plan on driving.
Statistically, holidays – and the days before and after – boast
the highest rates of alcohol-related auto accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
According to officials from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety,
data from previous years reveal alarming spikes in
DUI arrests and DUI accidents between the Thanksgiving weekend and the New
Year. Between November, 20 and December 31, 2012, statewide statistics
were as follows:
- 1,119 alcohol-related traffic accidents
- 679 injuries
- 20 deaths
Statistics also show that DUI incidents throughout the state last year
increased 11% over the previous year. In an effort to reduce high rates
of preventable DUI accidents and injuries, law enforcement officers across
Georgia are collaborating with nonprofit agencies to form a statewide
anti-DUI campaign to raise awareness and crack down on holiday DUIs.
The anti-DUI coalition, TEAM Georgia, includes local businesses, public
safety officials, and players from Atlanta sports teams. Officers have
already arrested a number of drivers under suspicion of DUI this past
Charged with driving under the influence? Contact a DUI lawyer in Atlanta!
Because law enforcement officers will be on high alert for motorists driving
under the influence of alcohol or drugs this holiday season, our legal
team at the Law Offices of Howard J. Weintraub is prepared to immediately
provide the support and assistance local residents need when charged with
DUI. We handle the full range of DUI cases, and provide representation
ALS hearings and criminal proceedings.
If you or your loved one stands accused of driving under the influence,
place your trust in a firm that has successfully handled numerous DUI cases.
Call (404) 907-1536 for a free consultation.