Summertime is upon us and so is accident-season. Car accidents are more likely to occur in the summer months, and that’s why you will notice an increased police presence around the state of Georgia. Police are cracking down on speeding and driving under the influence this season to help preserve lives, especially during a holiday weekend. The Georgia State Patrol Post 6, which covers Hall County, reported 33 automobile crashes over the busy Memorial Day weekend and made seven arrests for driving under the influence. These numbers are similar to 2014’s. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, a total of 17 people died over the holiday weekend, with 15 of those being on the road. None of the 33 Hall County accidents resulted in fatalities.

Lake Lanier also had a busy holiday weekend, supplying recreation for many across the state. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officers made 11 boating under the influence arrests, with almost all of them in Hall County. DNR officers also responded to eight boating incidents on the lake. Last year, DNR officers made 12 BUI arrests and reported 9 boating incidents over the Memorial Day weekend.

It’s important to stay safe throughout the summer. One easy way to help preserve your life is to wear a seatbelt while in a car and wear a life preserver while on a moving boat. On May 15, 2013, the law changed, requiring all children under the age of 13 to wear a personal flotation device on any moving boat.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of a boating accident or car accident, ask them to contact Coleman, Chambers and Rogers, LLP for a free initial evaluation of their personal injury claim. Visit our website or call (800) 400 GA-LAW.