Now that the Fourth of July weekend is over, we hope all of our readers had an enjoyable three days. Summer holidays are for having fun with family and friends. Sadly, some people take the “fun” past the point of responsibility and drive drunk. This puts everyone on the road at risk of serious injury, right when traffic is heavy with holiday vacationers.
Law enforcement in Georgia geared up to try to prevent drunk-driving car accidents over the holiday weekend. Prior to Independence Day, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety announced “Operation Zero Tolerance,” which ran between June 20 and July 6.
Operation Zero Tolerance was an effort to step up DUI enforcement in the weeks around the holiday. It is a particularly dangerous time to drive on U.S. highways and local streets. The National Traffic Safety Administration reports that over a 36-hour period from the evening of July 3 to the morning of July 5, 2012, 179 people were killed in traffic accidents nationwide. About 44 percent of those tragic incidents involved an impaired driver, and 28 percent included a driver with a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent or higher.
Many revelers believe that, because they “only” had a few drinks at a Fourth of July picnic or party, they are okay to drive. But they may be more impaired than they realize. They could easily cause a crash that injures the other driver or passengers. That is not a way for anyone to mark the Declaration of Independence, or enjoy the summer.
Source: WJBF-TV, “’Operation Zero Tolerance’ DUI Campaign Begins in Georgia,” June 20, 2014