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 55-year-old man was arrested in another state for his third DUI, one day after being released for a probation violation on his second DUI.
The man allegedly crashed into another car while driving on the wrong side of the road. He was charged with DUI with damage to property or another person, DUI third offense within 10 years, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, refusal to submit to a DUI test, driving the wrong way, driving with a revoked license, and driving with no insurance.
The man had two prior DUI convictions and had been sentenced to one year of probation following the second DUI. He had been arrested for violating that probation and was released one day before the third DUI.
According to the police report the man was drunk when he drove on the wrong side of the road and crashed head-on into another car. After the accident he abandoned his car and fled the scene on foot. Two people in the other vehicle were hospitalized.
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