When there is a long holiday weekend in the summer, people tend to go out and celebrate with their family and friends, often with BBQs and alcoholic drinks. Celebrations typically involve more travelers on the road. When there are more cars on the road and more people drinking, drunk driving accidents in Douglasville and across Georgia occur.

Because the Fourth of July in Georgia is historically one of the most deadly days on the road, Douglas County law enforcement was focused this year on reducing fatalities and crashes in Douglasville.
Motorists in Douglas County were warned this year about the dangers of drinking and driving over the holiday weekend. Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland indicated that the police in Douglasville increased their laser speed patrols and DUI traffic stops in an effort to combat drunk driving fatalities.

Sadly, fatal crashes in Georgia claimed the lives of 19 people this Fourth of July holiday weekend. If you plan to be on the road for the holiday, remember to obey speed limits, buckle up, and don't drink and drive.

Motorists Plan Ahead Next Holiday

Because the Douglasville fireworks show was cancelled due to the thunderstorms, the city has rescheduled it for September 3, 2011, over Labor Day weekend.

If you are planning to celebrate the next holiday or join in the festivities over Labor Day in Douglasville, remember to plan ahead. Chose a designated driver when planning to drink alcohol.

AAA provides safety tips for your next holiday weekend travel, including:
  • Don't drink and drive
  • Have a designated driver if you plan on drinking
  • Get your vehicles serviced prior to leaving for a holiday weekend
  • No texting while driving

If for some reason you find yourself intoxicated with no ride home, AAA's "Tow to Go" program offers a free ride home during holidays to drunk drivers. This program is free for Georgia residents, and people do not even have to be a member of AAA to take advantage of this free ride and car tow. AAA is not telling people to go out and get drunk, but their program "Tow to Go" is just in case.

Be safe, smart, and alert behind the wheel so that you can enjoy the next holiday.

If you or someone you love was hit by a drunk driver in a Douglasville car crash, call an experienced Georgia personal injury lawyer at The Dover Law Firm who may be able to help you seek justice. Contact our office at 1.770.518.1133 to schedule your free legal consultation and request our FREE report, 4 Common Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Georgia Car or Truck Claim.