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Covid effects Labor Day weekend including DUI arrests

by | Sep 8, 2020 | Firm News |

With everything that has happened in 2020 and the recent restrictions beginning to ease up, drivers need to be even more cautious while celebrating Labor Day.

The pandemic is still ongoing, but according to the Georgia State Patrol, Accidents and DUI Arrests are up significantly from this labor day weekend when compared with prior holiday weekends (Per the Patch). With all that is going on it may be difficult to remember to keep track of your drinks or even worry about it. However, the officers on the road are still out looking for DUI drivers, even on Labor Day weekend.

All police use some of the various available charges to stop a vehicle, and Failure to Maintain lane is just one that typically leads to a DUI investigation. The scenario is usually you are driving see blue lights and the officer details out the reason for stopping you, or pulling you over, is that he “saw your wheels cross over the line of your lane.” This charge of Failure to Maintain Lane is found in a high percentage of the stops for DUI arrests in Georgia. The inability to remember the actual number of drinks you have is another key to an officers investigation that they absolutely make a note of for use against you later.

The numbers are up significantly. Georgia State Patrol reported that this year there were 309 DUI arrests (compared to 244 last year) and (19 deaths compared to 10 last year). The patrol stated that many of the DUI investigations came from around Atlanta (Fulton and DeKalb County), Cobb County, and Suwanee (Gwinnett County).