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Thursday, March 13, 2014

DUI’s and St Patrick’s Day Weekend

It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and that means people will be celebrating with green beer.  And lots of it.  Drivers in the metro Atlanta area should not depend on luck to get home safely.  Here’s what you need to know to stay safe and enjoy this St. Patty’s Day:     

  • Law Enforcement will be out in full force: The Governor's Office of Highway Safety and the Georgia State Patrol have issued warnings that they'll be out in full force this weekend and on the lookout for drunk drivers.  The crackdown includes driver checkpoints and looking for signs of driving under the influence, such as weaving. 

  • Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving:  Feeling “OK to drive” does not stand up in court.  If you test over the legal limit, you can be arrested for DUI.  In fact, even if you refuse the test and show signs of intoxication, you can still be arrested for DUI.

  • Binge Drinking and DUI Deaths: In recent years, 80% of the drunk driving deaths that happened on St. Patrick’s Day involved drivers that were nearly twice the legal blood alcohol limit.  If you are the designated driver this weekend, please be cautious and drive defensively. 

Protect yourself and others this weekend, and avoid becoming a St. Patrick’s Day statistic.   You can avoid a DUI by choosing a designated driver, by calling a cab or using a ride share service.  If you are arrested for a DUI, you need to act quickly.  There is a 10-day rule in Georgia, which means even if you were sober at the time of arrest, you still need to reach out to an experienced DUI attorney to schedule a hearing within 10 business days of your arrest.  Ignoring a DUI charge will not make it go away, and can negatively affect your life (read this blog post for details). 

For more information on this topic, contact Christopher Chapman at cchapman@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.  Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have investigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

 

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