For the next several weeks, it will be common to see people heading to holiday parties and events. In Georgia, you should know that there is a new “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign in progess. This aims to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road through the beginning of next year.
This campaign began on Dec. 15, but it will run through January 2. As a nationwide initiative, you should expect to see an increase in Georgia State Patrol troopers as well as police in other states. If you plan to travel, keep in mind that there will likely be more officers pulling people over.
Preventing DUI crashes through arrests
The goal of this campaign is to reduce the number of DUI and BUI deaths around the country. The Georgia State Patrol states that, in 2019, there was a sudden increase in fatal DUI crashes through the last 15 days of December compared to other times of the year. As a result, the GSP are asking drivers to have plans for getting home safely.
They won’t just be stopping drivers who appear intoxicated. They will also be targeting:
- Aggressive driving
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Seat belt and child passenger safety violations
To avoid a DUI arrest, it is important to focus on the road and to avoid driving if you’ve been drinking. If you are stopped, know your rights. You don’t have to say or do anything that suggests that you’re impaired or that may incriminate you. If you are arrested, keep in mind that you have a right to legal representation.