On December 13, 2012 The Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) added a special message to their normal end of the year enforcement campaign. The message was meant for Georgia motorists and it stated that if they didn't drive sober, they would get pulled over. The GOHS also launched Operation Safe Holidays and they asked Georgians to be extra careful on Georgia roads so the state doesn't reach a 6-year milestone in traffic fatalities.
The GOHS went on to explain the holiday season isn't just dangerous in Georgia, but all across the nation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in auto accidents nationwide in December of 2010, and 775 of those fatal accidents involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
According to the GOHS, the average cost of a DUI can cost as much as $10,000, and DUI's are a drain on Georgia's resources, and the resources of the offender and the victim. The GOHS gave some important tips for Georgian's during this holiday season and they include:
- Plan for a safe way home before you begin celebrating;
- Designate a sober driver before you begin drinking and leave your keys at home; and
- If you become impaired, instead of driving home use a taxi, or call a sober friend or family member, or use some form of public transportation (e.g. a bus).
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) announced that Operation Zero Tolerance begins on December 14th and will last through New Year's Day.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an alcohol-related crash, please contact an Alpharetta personal injury attorney from
The Williamson Law Firm at once to discuss filing a claim for compensation. The firm does not collect any fees unless they secure a settlement or verdict in your case; therefore, you have nothing to lose by finding out if you have grounds to file a personal injury claim.