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Holidays are a dangerous time in Atlanta due to drunk driving

While this time of year should be cause for celebration, for many people, it can be a devastating period. Holiday parties often lead to drinking, which can be a real problem for those hitting the road in Atlanta. As local law enforcement plan to ramp up efforts to catch drunk drivers, it is also important that motorists hold themselves accountable and practice safe behaviors while behind the wheel.

According to a report from Valdosta Today, 165 people died and another 5,250 people were injured due to alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents in Georgia in 2014. Perhaps even more astounding is how many incidents occurred during the timeframe between 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve to midnight on Dec. 28 last year. During that period, 14 people died due to car accidents. One way motorists across the state can stay safe is to download a free app called “Drive Sober, Georgia,” which lists options available for people who need a free or paid ride.

Because the holiday travel period can be so dangerous, local law enforcement officers have announced that they will be concentrating on finding and arresting people who drive inebriated. In addition to drunk driving, the director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety also cited a lack of seatbelt use and distracted driving as issues.

Drunk driving accidents can cause serious injuries and even death. People who fall victim to drunk drivers or those who lose loved ones in these incidents can seek legal recourse and file a lawsuit against the negligent driver. Anyone who has questions about this issue should contact an attorney.

Source: Valdosta Today, “Law enforcement on outlook for drunk drivers,” Dec. 19, 2015

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