Labor Day is one of the most heavily traveled holidays of the year, and with a variety of holiday events scheduled throughout Georgia, motorists across the state should plan for heavy traffic and also take note that law enforcement will be cracking down on drunk driving. As part of the annual “Hands Across the Border” safety campaign, law enforcement officials in Florida, Georgia and Alabama are working to promote safe driving practices along area highways, and reduce the risk of drunk driving accidents this Labor Day. If you have suffered injuries in a DUI accident in Atlanta, Marietta, or elsewhere in Georgia, contact our drunk driving accident lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak today.
Police on the Lookout for Drunk Drivers
The “Hands Across the Border” effort will take place along U.S. 231, Interstate-75 and Interstate-95, and while the main goal is to curb the rate of drunk driving accidents, injuries and fatalities, troopers will also be cracking down and enforcing child restraint laws and seatbelt laws in Georgia. “During this week leading up to the Labor Day Holiday, troopers, police, and sheriff’s deputies from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama are converging in areas near the state line to set up sobriety checkpoints in order to catch impaired motorists,” said Lt. Ryan Martina, a spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol.
GA Troopers on High Visibility Patrols
Georgia State Troopers and Motor Carrier Compliance Officers will also be coordinating with local law enforcement officials for Operation Zero Tolerance, which is Georgia’s high visibility enforcement campaign that targets impaired drivers throughout the state. “Troopers will be out actively looking for impaired and unsafe drivers this holiday weekend,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “Troopers will be on concentrated and high visibility patrols watching for those who are driving impaired or distracted.”
Our Experienced DUI Accident Lawyers Can Help
Labor Day is seen as one of the busiest travel holidays among the Southern states, Georgia included, and when holiday celebrations meet heavy traffic on GA highways, the consequences can be devastating for everyone involved. During the Labor Day travel period in 2013, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 650 motor vehicle accidents that resulted in 338 injuries and 10 fatalities. Troopers arrested 283 people for driving under the influence during that time, and issued 8,604 citations and 15,208 warnings. If you have been injured in a GA drunk driving accident, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal wreck with a drunk or impaired driver, consult our DUI accident attorneys at Rechtman & Spevak for legal help.