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Georgia Patrol Audit Indicates Deficiency of Patrols During Peak DUI Times

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.

 

According to a 2011 Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts report the state could save over $1 million by cutting patrol posts. The same report cites the deficiency of patrol staff after 8 p.m. though data indicates that nearly 75 percent of fatal DUI accidents occur at night including nearly 60 percent on weekends.

 

The suggestion that patrol posts could be cut was joined by the assertion that the desk positions could be better filled with more road patrols. The audit detailed how the majority of patrol positions were filled between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays with evenings and weekends severely understaffed. Similarly, road patrol checks decline between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., which also happens to be the time when most DUI fatalities occur. Finally, patrols have almost no presence between midnight and 5 a.m.

 

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