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Georgia H.E.A.T. Program Aims to Reduce Impaired Driving

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


Georgia's H.E.A.T. program (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) is designed to reduce impaired and aggressive driving. Law enforcement task forces are trained to identify impaired driving as well as aggressive driving including speeding and tailgating. According to the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), the H.E.A.T. program is "a multi-jurisdictional task force specifically-designed to combat aggressive traffic across Georgia." The program aims to reduce the number of Georgia impaired driving accidents by 10 percent and to enforce laws targeting aggressive driving around Georgia.


The ultimate goal of the H.E.A.T. program is to reduce impaired and aggressive driving. It is believed that an increase in the number of DUI arrests will be an effective deterrent to prevent impaired driving.


Impaired driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs remains a problem in every state. While most impaired accidents are attributable to alcohol, impairment from drugs accounts for approximately 18 percent of automobile fatalities. 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.


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 at (770) 487-8999.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia