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.
Someone who gets two Georgia DUI convictions within five years receives repeat offender penalties. These may include mandatory drug and alcohol dependency treatment programs, jail time and driver's license suspension. A third Georgia drunk driving arrest within five years could carry felony charges. A third Georgia DUI conviction within five years could also trigger a minimum 120-day jail sentence.
DUI offenders who have at least two convictions must install ignition interlock devices on all vehicles they own; Georgia law prohibits such offenders from operating vehicles that are not equipped with such devices. Ignition interlocks require the driver to submit breath samples and the engine will not start if the breath registers higher than a pre-programmed blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. If a driver has "habitual offender" status based on two or more DUI convictions and the offender is placed on probation, an ignition interlock device must be used for six months after the probationary license has been issued as a condition of probation.
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.