Stay Safe on Georgia Roads on New Year's Day

Georgia State Troopers are stepping up enforcement of DUI laws over the holidays and that is for good reason. 

Major holidays are cause for celebration, but too often persons consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel. Depending on the source of the statistics different holidays are ranked the most dangerous days of the year to be on the roads, but regardless of the source certain major holidays consistently rank near the top. With New Year's Eve right around the corner, please keep in mind the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

It is safest to stay home on New Year's Eve, but if you go out to celebrate at a party do not drink and drive. Even if you remain sober or have a designated driver, it is not a bad idea to avoid driving and stay at a hotel or friend's home to avoid traveling after midnight. According the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in the years 2010-2014 New Year's Day was the second deadliest day of the year on United States roads behind only Independence Day. On average there were 118.2 deaths on New Year's Day in that time span, just behind the 118.4 average of Independence Day. That is nearly 28 deaths more than the average day. Further, on a typical day 35% of fatality accidents involve at least one driver, pedestrian, or bicyclist with a blood alcohol concentration over Georgia's legal limit of 0.08 g/dL, while on New Year's Day that percentage spikes to 62%.

Please keep in mind the dangers of driving after the clock strikes midnight and we ring in the new year. Have a safe and prosperous 2018.

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or loss in a traffic accident, please contact injury lawyer Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation. 

Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585. The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.