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Georgia Law Enforcement Training to Identify Drugged Drivers

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.

Some Georgia law enforcement task force officers are receiving special training to identify drivers who exhibit signs of driving under the influence of drugs. Presently, no spot test similar to a Breathalyzer is available that enables law enforcement to identify drivers under the influence of drugs.

The Georgia Drug Recognition Enforcement program is teaching officers to recognize subtle body language that indicates a driver might be under the influence of drugs. Indicators include reduced reflexes, heavy eyelids and vision impairment. Any suspicion enables law enforcement officers to arrest the driver and compel a blood sample which would provide conclusive proof about the presence of drugs in a driver's system.

Pursuant to Georgia law, police only need a reason to suspect a driver is impaired by drugs to make an arrest for "suspicion of driving under the influence."

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