According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DUI accident fatalities increased from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2013. The NHTSA reported that the majority of DUI accidents with fatalities involved drivers whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.15 percent or higher, or almost twice the legal limit. 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.
According to the nonprofit agency Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), the number of Georgia drunk driving arrests declined by more than 10 percent in 2011 compared with figures from 2010. MADD statistics also indicated there were 298 Georgia DUI fatalities in 2011.
Georgia law enforcement agencies attributed the decline on new emphasis on reducing DUI drivers and educating the public about driving while intoxicated. MADD noted the improvement but also pointed out that Georgia was among the states with the highest number of DUI arrests and DUI fatalities.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, only distracted driving causes more automobile fatalities than DUI driving.
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