By Patrick Yost staff writer

The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many as friends and family gather to celebrate America with food, parades, parties and fireworks. However, for some, the holiday will go from festive to fatal when they choose to get behind the wheel after drinking. To help prevent needless tragedy, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is once again joining the national impaired driving effort to get drunk drivers off the road and into a jail cell. To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July, law enforcement across the state will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger by being impaired behind the wheel.

“This July 4th holiday, you can show your patriotism by helping to make Georgia’s roads safer for everyone by driving sober or making sure you have a sober ride home,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “Drunk driving is a zero tolerance offense. No warnings. You will be arrested and you will go to jail. We repeat this message every year because it’s true.”  “We are still experiencing one traffic fatality every five hours in Georgia during what is supposed to be a fun, summer holiday,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “That means there are 20 people who won’t be celebrating our nation’s independence this year.”