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Holiday weekends see increased drunk driving charges

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is more serious than a lot of other bad ideas. The high speeds and careless driving often attributed to drunk people behind the wheel can cause severe damage, serious injury or even death.

Georgia and many other states see an increase in drunk or high driving around the holidays when people have more free time and more miles to cover. Authorities across the Peach State arrested more than 300 people on drunk driving charges over the extended Thanksgiving weekend. Crashes in general investigated by the Georgia State Police over that time, numbering over 600, resulted in 242 injuries and 10 deaths on the road.

The period around Thanksgiving, one of America's busiest annual travel times, saw around 10 percent more DUI charges and 20 percent more traffic deaths than in 2017. Citations and warning for all traffic violations totaled more than 28,000 for the Georgia State Police alone during the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday.

Police often go on temporary crackdowns during holiday weekends, like family holidays and Independence Day, and may level charges of impaired driving when blood alcohol levels (BALs) or other evidence may be challenged as insufficient. A person facing drunk driving charges may wish to examine how they could be reduced or challenged in court.

People facing drunk driving charges are entitled to legal representation and should seriously consider an attorney. A lawyer can help defend against spurious charges, examine the evidence before trials and work with district attorneys and prosecutors to reduce or dismiss charges before they destroy a life.

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