Alcohol is a major factor in holiday weekend accidents. In 2008, 491 Americans lost their lives in Fourth of July car crashes. Forty-three percent of those deaths were caused by drunk drivers.
  
There were 1,095 Georgia car crashes during the 4th July travel period of that year.  These accidents resulted in 930 injuries and 21 fatalities.  More than one-quarter of these crashes involved an impaired driver.
 
Because this year, the Fourth of July is right in the middle of a long weekend, law enforcement officials are gearing up to stop drunk driving in Atlanta. If you will be drinking or will be with friends who are drinking this weekend, don’t drive.  Instead:
 
• Designate a sober driver
• Keep taxi cab phone numbers in your wallet or pocket
• Look into taking a bus home
• Make arrangements to call someone you trust
• Spend the night where you are
• Don’t drink and volunteer to be a designated driver
  
The Atlanta car accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Shane Smith hope you have a happy and safe Independence Day. But, if the unthinkable happens and you are injured in a car accident, we are here to help. Contact our office anytime at 770-HURT-999.
Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia
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