Labor Day weekend is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. With many people off from work and getting sloshed, the streets can start to resemble a Mad Max movie.
Police see more alcohol-related wrecks from mid-August through Labor Day than any other time of the year. That's why Georgia law enforcement officers will be out this holiday weekend in full force as part of the national "Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over" campaign, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
In 2010, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol or drug-related crashes, according to the Georgia Office of Highway Safety. That same year, Georgia had 298 alcohol-related highway fatalities. That's a quarter of all traffic deaths in the state.
This weekend, Georgia law enforcement officers hope to cut down on the number of Labor Day DUI crashes by putting more officers on the road. Georgia police officers, deputies, and state troopers will all be "aggressively" enforcing the state's DUI laws.
"We know campaigns like this help reduce drunk driving crashes by as much as 20 percent, so we're using Labor Day to reinforce the zero tolerance policy that exists in Georgia 365 days a year," GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said in a statement.
So if you plan on drinking this weekend, be sure to have a designated driver or call a taxi. Cab fare is small change compared to the potential costs of a DUI.
If you do find yourself getting pulled over this weekend, it's best to comply with the officer's requests. Under Georgia law, any person who drives in the state has given implied consent to a Breathalyzer, blood, or urine test if suspected of DUI. Refusing to submit will get your license suspended for at least a year. That's a longer suspension period than you'd get for most DUI offenses. So it's probably in your best interests to submit to the test.
That being said, enjoy the final days of summer, and stay safe this Labor Day weekend.
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