In terms of highway safety, the Fourth of July is the deadliest day of the year. Georgia State Troopers and other law enforcement officers have already begun their crackdown for the upcoming holiday.
Operation Zero Tolerance will run through Sunday, July 5. Officers will be out in full force and on the lookout for impaired drivers and reckless speeders, as well as people who are not wearing safety belts.
“Operation Zero Tolerance sends state troopers and other law enforcement out in concentrated patrols, particularly targeting drunk drivers. We’re going to be conducting several road safety checks and working closely with Sheriff’s offices and police departments in a joint effort,” said Cpl. Kyle Duke of the Georgia State Patrol.
In Georgia, alcohol is involved in one out of five crashes. Last year during the Fourth of July travel period, nearly half of the 14 traffic fatalities in Georgia involved a drunk driver.
Bob Dallas, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, advises people to pre-plan their celebrations and arrange for a designated sober driver or a taxi cab. It’s a good idea to store taxi cab numbers on your cell phone just in case you need one.
“Driving while impaired just isn’t worth this incredible risk,” said Dallas. “Regardless of age or level of driving experience, drivers who consume too many spirits while getting into the holiday spirit must find a safe and sober ride home. If not, Operation Zero Tolerance has significantly increased their chances of arrest in Georgia, while their excessive alcohol consumption has significantly decreased their chances of survival anywhere they drive.”
If you’re serving as a designated driver this Fourth of July, make sure that all of your passengers are wearing their seat belts, and don’t allow any open containers of alcohol in your vehicle.
If you spot an impaired driver, call 911 immediately. You can also call *GSP on your cell phone to reach the nearest Georgia State Patrol post.
To be safe, drive as little as possible this holiday weekend. Keep in mind that this is one of the busiest days of the year, and many drivers will be impaired. Drive defensively, wear your seat belts, and stay within the speed limit. Try to arrive at your destination early and stay put, especially if you plan to drink. This will make the roads safer for us all.
If you’re injured in an accident with a drunk driver, call 911 and, if possible, collect evidence at the scene of the accident. Get names and phone numbers of any witnesses, and take photos of the accident scene. See a doctor immediately to have your injuries evaluated, and call an attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will need to act quickly to investigate the accident and collect evidence.
MLN Law aggressively pursues claims against drunk drivers. We work hard for victims of drunk driving accidents to get them the compensation they deserve. Call MLN Law at (404) 531-9700 to schedule your free consultation with an experienced attorney.
Here’s a Fourth of July video press release from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety: