The holiday season always brings increased law enforcement on the roads. With many people traveling out of town or attending parties and gatherings that typically involve drinking, Atlanta DUI attorney Mickey Roberts reminds everyone to plan a safe New Year’s Eve and to keep Georgia’s Operation Zero Tolerance campaign in mind to avoid a DUI. Operation Zero Tolerance organizes concentrated patrols and sobriety checkpoints to target drunk drivers.

zero tolerance georgiaAccording to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, there were 1,119 alcohol-related crashes between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day last year, resulting in 679 injuries and 20 fatalities. Georgia State Patrol will be out full force on the roads with the possibility of checkpoints at busy spots or roads where accidents commonly occur.

As seen in previous traffic DUI blogs, Mickey’s 4 simple rules can help drivers avoid incriminating themselves during field sobriety tests or verbal interrogations at these checkpoints or if they are pulled over. While Operation Zero Tolerance occurs throughout the year, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety uses this holiday season to remind drivers how dangerous impaired driving can be. It is vital to choose an experienced and qualified attorney with a solid track record who can defend you if you are charged with any traffic violations.

If you insist on drinking, it is imperative to plan your travel alternatives and be wise about alcohol consumption.  Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your keys at home or with your driver. If you do not have a designated driver, be sure to take advantage of ride programs, use public transportation, or hire a cab. Like many states, Georgia offers free resources to help people find safe rides on New Year’s Eve sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Other organizations, such as AAA also offers their Tow to Go program where anyone, AAA member or not, can receive a ride within a 10-mile radius that brings both the driver and his/her vehicle home safely.

Attorney Mickey Roberts urges all drivers to drive carefully and make wise decisions especially during the holiday season with heightened police enforcement. If you are arrested for DUI or other traffic violations, contact Mr. GaDUI today. Also be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more traffic law updates and news.