MLK Sculptor’s tragic death sparks DUI campaign

Police will target DUI drivers in Henry County this weekend in an enforcement campaign dedicated to the memory of sculptor Andy Davis.

Davis, a Henry County artist, was recently selected to sculpt a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the grounds of the State Capitol. Tragically, his motorcycle was hit from behind by a pickup truck driver on July 10 and he died two days later. The driver has been charged with DUI and felony first-degree vehicular homicide.

The Operation Thunder traffic campaign is a multi-agency effort including The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Henry County Police Department. It will begin Friday night and continue through the weekend. The campaign will focus on getting impaired drivers off the road.

In this March 2014 file photo, sculptor Andy Davis walks back to his seat after being greeted by guests before his Patrick Henry sculpture was dedicated in downtown McDonough. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

In this March 2014 file photo, sculptor Andy Davis walks back to his seat after being greeted by guests before his Patrick Henry sculpture was dedicated in downtown McDonough. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

“While this enforcement effort has been planned for some time, the death of Andy Davis at the hands of a drunk driver is a stark and painful reminder of the problem we have with driving under the influence in Georgia,” GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said.

Operation Thunder will involve some combination of concentrated police patrols, safety belt and sobriety checks and speed patrols.

For more information, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.


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