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Criminal Punishment for Drunk Drivers in Georgia Often Lacks Teeth

Drunk driving is stupid. Studies have shown that those who drink and drive have slower response times, difficulty staying on the road and disregard for other drivers. The serious wrecks that drunk drivers cause can injure or even kill you or your loved ones.

Over 10,000 people are killed each year in the United States by drunk driving. One person is injured each minute by drunk driving, and one is killed every 50 minutes. It is not just other people that are caught up in these dangerous crashes, either; one in three people will be in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime.

It is surprising then, that drunk driving is not treated more seriously by our criminal justice system. While the penalties for being caught driving over the legal limit continue to increase, those who have caused an accident while being drunk are getting by with few or no added penalties.

It may sound ridiculous, but it is true. Prosecutors dealing with the fallout of drunk driving accidents, for instance when a drunk driver kills someone, often do not treat the accused much differently than they do an inattentive or negligent driver. This is a slap across the face to all those who have been seriously affected by drunk driving.

If you or a family member has been injured or even killed by a drunk driver, and he or she gets only minimal criminal punishment, it can feel like justice was not served. Fortunately for Atlanta DUI victims, you may have an opportunity to also bring a punitive injury case against them.

In these instances, your Atlanta drunk driving injury case may bring you full and fair financial compensation for your:

  • Medical bills
  • Ongoing care
  • Permanent losses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering


For more information about these cases, it is important that you call us as soon as possible for a free consultation. You can reach the Law Offices of Shane Smith Law by calling (770) HURT-999 or by filling out the form on this page.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia