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Lawmaker Exonerated of DUI Charges Lobbies for Police Cameras

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.

A lawmaker in another state has introduced legislation that would require all police cruisers to have dashboard cameras. The legislator had previously been arrested on DUI charges when an officer pulled him over and said he had been driving erratically.

The legislator had previously worked as a television consumer affairs reporter and refused a breath test because he feared that the officer could manipulate the results. He denied consuming any alcohol before he had been pulled over.

The lawmaker was exonerated when the officer's dashboard camera showed that he had not been driving erratically. However, only nine of the police department's 50 patrol cars had been equipped with cameras.

As an alternative to the more expensive dashboard-mounted cameras the legislation proposes that officers wear body cameras.

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