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Drunk Driving Spikes Around Christmas
Car Crashes During Christmas Resulted In More Than 90 Injuries And 20 Preventable Deaths
People often think of Christmas as the happiest day of the year, but it ended in tragedy for too many in 2020. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Georgia State Patrol reported more than 250 collisions in only 72 hours. Those crashes resulted in more than 90 injuries and 20 preventable deaths.
All of this loss had mostly one cause: driving while intoxicated. During the same 72 hour period, the Georgia State Patrol arrested 173 people for driving under the influence, issued 7,200 citations, and handed out 9,800 warnings. Clearly, drunk driving is an enormous problem to contend with over the holiday season — one we can’t afford to ignore.
That’s why it’s so important to have a safety plan in place for any holiday gathering that will involve alcohol. This year, decide not to drink, have a trusted designated driver, or be ready to call a ride share service when you’ve had too much. If you’re ever unsure whether you’re fit to drive, that’s your sign that you’re not — hand over the keys and step away from the car. It just might save a life.
Unfortunately, even when most people drive sober, it only takes one impaired motorist to cause an accident. Last year in Brookhaven, a single drunk driver caused a five-car pileup and 12 injuries. You can’t control other people, so avoid driving at night during the holidays whenever you can. If you must venture out, leave plenty of distance between yourself and other cars, use extra caution at intersections, and don’t hesitate to report anyone driving erratically to the police.
We hope that you’ll never experience an injury or loss as the result of a drunk driver’s negligence, but if you do, the team at GA Injury Advocates can help,” said Auto Accidente Attorney Ramiro Rodriguez, Jr.
We know that a drunk driving accident is one of the worst things that can happen to a person, and our experienced attorneys provide skilled and compassionate representation. It’s always best to avoid a collision. But when one happens, we help get our clients the compensation they need to move forward.
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