The holidays are for celebration, and for many that means taking time off work and enjoying the company of friends and family. As is often the case, these celebrations and social events tend to involve alcohol, which can lead to problems when revelers get behind the wheel. In fact, the holiday season has become notorious for sweeping surges in impaired driving accidents and alcohol-related injuries and deaths.
Take a look at these stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- Historically, DUI arrests and drunk driving accidents increase from Thanksgiving through the New Year when compared to other times of year.
- In 2013, nearly 1,200 people lost their lives in car wrecks during the holiday season. Of those, close to a third of the deaths were caused by drunk driving crashes.
- In December of 2013 along 733 people were killed in alcohol-involved traffic accidents.
The dangers that come with the holiday season are well known – and it's precisely why there's a big push to end the trend. Aside from organizations like MADD and law enforcement agencies that ramp up their DUI enforcement efforts, President Barack Obama earlier this month declared December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. During his proclamation, he called attention to the need for everyone to do their part in keeping our roadways safe, and that substantially increasing law enforcement efforts is a must.
What does this all mean for you during the Holiday? Be careful and drive sober. Law enforcement in Atlanta and throughout Georgia will be focusing on stopping drivers who display signs of impairment this month, and they'll be keen to make arrests. If you do find yourself arrested for DUI, remember that you have legal rights – including the right to legal representation – and that DUI cases can be beat.
At The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, our Atlanta DUI Lawyers know that impaired driving arrests are likely to increase this time of year, which is why we make ourselves readily available to anyone who needs responsive and hard-hitting representation NOW. Remember, time is of the essence in DUI cases – and there is a time limit in place for protecting your driver's license. Don't hesitate to put experienced defense attorneys in your corner
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