The Labor Day holiday weekend period has historically been a holiday in which some motorists drive drunk. Perhaps this is because Labor Day is viewed as the summer’s last party, or because people are still enjoying the great weather and outdoor grilling get-togethers, and they end up getting behind the wheel after they have had one too many alcoholic drinks. 

Unfortunately, the 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period ends in many arrests and alcohol-related deaths in Georgia each year. For this past 2012 Labor Day holiday, the results were as follows:

  • 10 fatalities reported in Douglas County, Cobb County, Gwinnett County, Henry County, Valdosta County, Madison County, Toccoa County, and Cartersville County.
  • The holiday period produced 373 traffic accidents statewide, resulting in 230 injuries.
  • 240 drivers were cited and arrested for driving under the influence. 

The numbers of fatalities and drivers cited for driving drunk this holiday were less than the numbers reported over the Labor Day weekend period last year. In 2011, there were 15 fatal traffic accidents and 546 DUI arrests during the same period. And in 2010, there were 19 fatal traffic accidents in Georgia during this holiday travel period.

While fewer fatalities is encouraging, there are still too many innocent Georgia DUI victims being injured or killed due to someone else’s negligence on the road. If you were hurt or if a loved one was killed by a drunk driver, call Shane Smith Law at 770-HURT-999. You will receive a free consultation with a skilled Atlanta personal injury lawyer today to find out more about your rights, how to seek justice, and recover the compensation you deserve.

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