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Georgia DUI Accident Attorney Discusses Different DUI Legal Limits

DUI Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) Legal Limit Levels Too High for Every Georgia Driver

Drinking and driving do not mix. Georgia drunk driving laws have different blood alcohol content (BAC) levels to be charged with a DUI which include:

  • 0.02% for drivers under 21 years of age
  • 0.08% for operators 21 years of age or older
  • 0.04% for commercial drivers, regardless of age or circumstances 

According to the university research, the level of alcohol required to have serious effects on driving is very small. Research has shown that operators of all ages, sexes, and weight can have normal reactions reduced with as little as one drink of alcohol. 

Alcohol affects people in five different ways:  judgment, concentration, comprehension, coordination, reaction time and vision & hearing acuity.

Judgment:  Alcohol impacts mental functions right away. Blood alcohol content (BAC) levels of 0.02% have been shown to adversely impact drivers.

Concentration:  The greater the blood alcohol content (BAC) level, the poorer a drunk driver in Georgia will be able to function behind the wheel. Any level of alcohol consumption inhibits and eventually stops a driver from multitasking while driving – necessary skills such as watching speed, scanning the horizon, maintaining lane position, etc. are necessary to maintain one’s safety and others and not create a Gwinnett County DUI accident.

Comprehension:  The more alcohol one consumes, the less a Duluth drunk driver can quickly react to pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists and fellow drivers. Drivers who have consumed any amount of alcohol are more at risk of a DUI accident because they are more likely to blow through an intersection or traffic sign because they disregard it or realize the sign when that have already created a DUI accident.

Coordination:  Alcohol has been proven over and over to reduce the ability to coordinate one’s motor skills. Study participants have been observed to have issues with inserting a key into a car’s ignition and even walking to the car. If someone has a problem walking to their car in straight line, they are in not shape to drive and would likely cause a Gwinnett County DUI accident.

Hearing & Sight:  Alcohol dulls Georgia drivers’ sense of sight and sound. Studies have determined that visual acuity has been reduced by as much as one-third (32%). Tunnel vision is experienced by drivers that have consumed alcohol. Drivers having drunk alcohol have a hard time determining the source of the light and where cars are in relation to one’s own car. Sound is muffled, reduced and the source of the sound is much harder to determine when one has consumed alcohol.

Reaction Time:  The ability to assess and make a split second decision is greatly slowed when alcohol is present in a driver’s body. The time difference when alcohol is in one’s body can make the difference between having a DUI accident or not. Since reaction time is reduced by as much as 25% crashes that normally wouldn’t have happen, do when a driver has recently consumed alcohol.             

The Law Offices of Shane Smith understands that DUI victims of Georgia drunk driving accidents may or may not have been caused by drivers with blood alcohol content at the operator’s respective legal limit. If you or a family member has been involved in a DUI accident, regardless of what the operator’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level registered at, the Law Offices of Shane Smith will be able to help you fight for justice and obtain the best settlement possible for you!  Call for your legal consultation today with a DUI accident attorney at (888) 927-6955. 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia