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 33-year-old man was arrested in another state for DUI with a 3-year-old child in his SUV. The man apparently did not realize that he was driving on two flat tires and that his tires had been shredding as he drove.
The man, who claimed he was a "DUI defense lawyer," was charged with DUI and neglect. He had been previously convicted of DUI, sentenced to probation and had his license suspended.
A police officer noticed tire debris in the road and saw the SUV driving with two damaged left tires that continued shredding. The officer followed the SUV for a mile as it drove on its rims.
Upon approaching the SUV the officer noticed that the 3-year-old was improperly secured in a front-facing car seat.
According to the police report the driver smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. When shown the shredded tires the driver said, "they're a little low, but you can't stop me for that."
The driver initially refused to take a breath test, instead pretending to blow into the breathalyzer. He mocked the officer by saying, "I can do this for an hour or two. I do this for fun."
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