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Fatal Drunk Driving Accident Results in Five Year Prison Sentence

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 63-year-old man whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.238 percent when he collided with a husband and wife in another state pleaded no contest to DUI manslaughter charges. He was sentenced to five years in prison for killing the 88-year-old woman who was a passenger in the other car, which was driven by her 90-year-old husband. They had been married 68 years.

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