It seems as though law enforcement officials take similar steps every major holiday weekend: Increasing the number of drunk driving patrols. As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, Georgia police have already announced their intentions to ramp up arrests for driving under the influence in order to prevent accidents.
The unfortunate reality is that police need to continue their efforts, because the July 4th holiday weekend is often accompanied by drunk driving deaths. In 2012, 179 people were killed nationwide between the evening of July 3 and the early morning of July 5. All of this tragedy occurred in less than 48 hours' time.