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Georgia Health Officials Warn Teens of Alcohol Dangers Including DUI

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.


According to Georgia health professionals and advocates, binge drinking and underage drinking are among the most serious problems teens are facing. The professionals have requested that schools, parents and communities increase awareness about how underage and binge drinking can influence teens' physical and mental health, especially when they drink and drive.


Georgia professors, health professionals and researchers report that about 40 percent of children, teens and young adults between the ages of 9 and 21 have tried drinking alcohol. Nearly 70 percent of high school students have admitted to drinking alcohol before they turned 13 years old. Over 75 percent of teens surveyed indicated that they had driven or had been in a car with a driver who had consumed alcohol.


The legal Blood Alcohol Content in Georgia for drivers who are 21 or older is 0.08 percent. However, teens or other drivers who are under 21 may face underage DUI charges for a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.02 percent. A conviction for underage drunk driving may result in the suspension of a driver's license for at least six months.


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