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Atlanta Begins Summer Holiday DUI Crackdown

By Law Office of Matthew T. McNally  Jul. 13, 2012 11:42a

Atlanta law enforcement, as well as law enforcement throughout the state, is starting a major campaign to prevent DUI-related incidents. Starting the Friday before 4th of July, officials are kicking off "Operation Zero Tolerance" in which authorities from local police departments, sheriff's department and other officers serving the state will be participating. This anti-DUI campaign runs for about two and a half weeks in an effort to prevent accidents, injuries and deaths that are often the fallout from DUI crashes and other incidents. According to officials in the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, nearly a quarter of the annual fatalities from traffic accidents were due to drinking and driving. City and state law enforcement and officials are hoping their participation in the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign will raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving or driving while intoxicated and prevent serious crashes. If you have been charged with DUI then you need a DUI defense attorney on your side immediately.

DUI Checkpoints and Field Sobriety Tests

DUI checkpoints are usually employed by police and other law enforcement during any time of the year when there is likely to be holiday or other celebrations. Officers will briefly talk to each driver as they come through the checkpoint and look for any signs of inebriation. If there is suspicion of drunk driving, the officer will most likely ask the driver to step out and do a field sobriety test such as the "one leg stand", "horizontal gaze nystagmus" or the "walk and turn". A driver may also be asked to take a breath test using a breathalyzer which can give a blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If the officer feels the individual has failed the field sobriety test or blows a BAC over the legal limit of .08 then he or she will be taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence.

Have you been arrested for DUI in Atlanta?

DUI charges can have serious consequences so it is very important that you get the help of a skilled DUI lawyer right away. An attorney with the Law Office of Matthew McNally has represented clients throughout the greater Atlanta area and helped them avoid the serious penalties associated with a drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs charge. Contact the firm today to find out what may be done to defend you against the charges you are facing!

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