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Atlanta Councilwoman Arrested for DUI, Lawyer Claims Drinking and Driving Is Not Against the Law

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. A 2006 study by the NHTSA estimated that there is one drunk driving fatality in the United States every 30 minutes.

 

Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Georgia DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.

 

A 20-year Atlanta Councilwoman was arrested for DUI after driving on the wrong side of the road and ignoring a red light. According to the police report, Cleta Winslow faces five misdemeanor charges for driving under the influence, reckless driving, failure to obey stop sign, failure to obey signs or control devices and driving on the wrong side of road. She reportedly admitted to drinking two dirty martinis but refused to take a field sobriety test or an alcohol breath test.

 

According to the Councilwoman's attorney, "She admitted that she was drinking and driving. That is not against the law in Georgia. It is only against the law if you're an impaired driver. We're asserting she's not an impaired driver."

 

The Councilwoman's trial is scheduled for early 2014.

 

If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia