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Georgia Driver Charged with Underage DUI, Falls Asleep While Preparing to Take Blood Test

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-old Georgia man faces driving under the influence of drugs and other charges after he nearly ran another driver off the road.

 

The driver told the arresting officer that he was not impaired and he had only used prescription medication. The officer found three types of pills in the driver's truck, and a prescription bottle for 75 pills that had been filled earlier in the day, but containing only 12 pills. The driver insisted that he had not been drinking and was not impaired and he agreed to submit to a blood test. According to the police report the driver was taken to a nearby hospital for the blood test but he was so drowsy that he had to be placed in a wheelchair and could not agree to the blood test.

 

Georgia has a zero tolerance law for underage drinking and driving. Though the illegal blood alcohol content (BAC) for drivers over 21 years old is 0.08 percent, drivers under 21 can be charged with DUI with a BAC of 0.02 percent. Teen drivers can be charged with DUI in a minor accident if a chemical test indicates that they have a small amount of alcohol in their system. Despite this, there are no age-related regulations for driving under the influence of drugs. 
 

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