Stay off Santa’s Naughty List by Driving Sober

Stay off Santa’s Naughty List by Driving Sober

You’re likely investing lots of time, energy and money preparing for the holidays, but imagine not being able to enjoy it because of a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day accident. Car accidents can happen any day of the year, including holidays. Just ask Blakely residents Michelle Nesmith and her mother, who were seriously injured last December 25 in an accident near the Grady, Mitchell County Line caused by a man driving under the influence. No matter what holidays you observe this December, it is important to realize that other people may not behave responsibly when they celebrate theirs.

An examination of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that just during the month of December 2013, drunk driving accidents resulted in 733 fatalities – and 23 of them occurred on Christmas Day. NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing arm runs an annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national campaign due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays. The only way to truly avoid a DUI is not to drink in the first place, and many people fail to realize how much they are affected by “a few drinks.”

It takes relatively small amounts of alcohol to affect basic driving skills, including judgment, coordination, memory, and muscle control.

Operation Zero Tolerance is Georgia’s contribution to the national program. Police officers, sheriffs’ deputies and state troopers will be out in force December 16 through January 1, actively searching for intoxicated motorists by increasing the number of patrols and setting up roadblocks. In recent years, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) has consistently used the holiday season to remind everyone that impaired driving is against the law 365 days a year, and if your blood alcohol content is found to be over the limit of 0.08 percent, you will be arrested – even if it is Christmas.

Drunk driving simply isn’t worth the risk. Even if you don’t injure yourself or someone else in an accident, an arrest can mean jail time, fines, loss of your driver’s license, towing fees, court costs, damage to your reputation, and more. Even one drink can impair your judgment, so make transportation arrangements in advance if you plan on drinking. If you have been drinking, don’t drive. A great new resource to fight impaired driving can be found on your Smartphone. “Drive Sober Georgia” is a free app containing phone numbers to taxi services and sober ride programs. Other possibilities currently available in the marketplace include “Can I Drive Yet,” “Be My DD,” “Uber,” and “Lyft.”

Everyone at the Mann Law Firm wishes our community and Georgians everywhere a magnificent holiday season. While we hope that the festivities pass without incident, we are here if you need us. If you have any questions about this topic, or if you have been injured by a motorist who was driving while intoxicated, the Macon personal injury lawyers attorneys of the Mann Law Firm can review your case and advise you whether you have grounds to seek financial compensation. We have helped many people sort out their legal rights, responsibilities and remedies. Call us today at (478) 742-3381 or submit our online form.