It happens all the time, people get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol – but there is almost always an increase in the number of people arrested for DUI between the Thanksgiving Holiday period and the New Year’s Holiday period.
Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader said, “We do see this time of the year, as many people get together and celebrate bringing in the New Year, a lot of people do gather with friends and family and drink alcohol. We do see those that don’t think that they have too much to drink but decide to get behind the wheel of a car and try to make it home.”
Over this past Christmas Holiday Travel Period, the Georgia State Patrol arrested 173 people for driving under the influence statewide. Numbers for the New Year’s Holiday Travel Period will be released later today from the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
Over the past holiday weekend, there were two arrested for driving under the influence in Chattooga County. Twenty-one-year-old Joseph Ryan Broome was charged with DUI by the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department and forty-year-old Jeremy Max Treadaway was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol for driving under the influence of alcohol.