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Georgia DUI Victims Remembered

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. Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.

 

The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council's DUI Memorial Fund sponsors a memorial program for DUI accident victims. Family members of those killed in DUI accidents can have the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) erect a crash site memorial marker. The program's parameters include the accident be deemed a vehicular homicide. Additionally, the application must be filed by the victim's next of kin to the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program. The DUI offender's family is not eligible to place a sign under the program's regulations. GDOT is only authorized to place memorial markers on roads that are part of the state highway system.

 

Signs are blue with a white Georgia map in the center. Each sign features the names of the DUI accident victims.

 

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 at (770) 487-8999 to schedule a free legal consultation.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia