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Georgia DUI Standards Stricter for Underage Drinkers

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers.

 

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.

 

Driving under the influence (DUI) refers to the criminal act of operating an automobile while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Almost 30 people die in the United States each day in an alcohol-related accident. This calculates to one death every 48 minutes. In 2009, nearly one-third of all traffic-related fatalities were from DUI accidents.

 

The legal blood alcohol concentration limit for underage drinkers is 0.02 percent. This is because it is against the law for someone under 21 to purchase, possess or consume alcohol. Law enforcement officers need only be suspicious that a young driver has consumed alcohol to do a field sobriety test.

 

Recently, a 20-year-old University of Georgia student was arrested for allegedly driving drunk. According to the University of Georgia Police Department report, the student was staring "intently" at a police car as he drove past. The officer followed the driver as he turned onto a different street and his vehicle's tire hit a curb.

 

Upon conducting the police stop the officer detected the odor of alcohol. The student said that he only had one drink with his dinner. The officer administered several field sobriety tests and arrested the student when his blood alcohol concentration measured 0.03 percent.

 

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