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Jury Convicts 62-Year-Old Man of 14th 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. Georgia DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.

A 62-year-old man was found guilty of his 14th DUI after a jury in another state deliberated for only 16 minutes. The man was found passed out behind the wheel of a parked car. The engine was not running but a key was in the ignition and the man had an open can of beer between his legs. According to the police report the man failed several field sobriety tests and his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.187 percent, more than twice the legal limit. When questioned he did not know which city or state he was in.

The man had 13 prior DUI convictions going back to 1993. Three of them happened in one state, six are in another state and five are in a third state.

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