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. Georgia DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case. A 21-year-old convicted felon was recently involved in an auto accident where he collided with a light post and knocked out power to the neighboring area. The man fled the accident scene on foot before being arrested nearby. He was charged with DUI of drugs, possession of a drug object and marijuana, failure to maintain one's lane, leaving the scene of an accident causing damage or injury and driving with a suspended license. The man was previously convicted of violation of a dangerous drug act and possession of stimulant counterfeit drugs and had been sentenced to five years on each charge. He was also sentenced to 12-month terms for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and theft of services. He had been paroled for those violations.
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.