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.
Two women, one 18 years old and the other 25, were arrested in another state after they both ran over a 20-year-old man working for a band. The women were leaving work in the early morning hours when the accidents occurred.
Neither woman was immediately arrested and each agreed to a blood and urine test. Police arrested them when the 18-year-old's test revealed that she had cocaine in her system and the 25-year-old had marijuana in hers. The 18-year-old subsequently admitted to using what she thought was Ecstasy a few days earlier and the 25-year-old admitted she had smoked marijuana approximately eight hours before the accident.
A review of cell phone records showed that the 25-year-old, who was the second driver to hit the man, was talking on her phone at the time of the accident. She had previously told police that she was not distracted.
The 18-year-old stopped after she hit the man's truck door and it shattered her windshield. The 25-year old said she came upon her co-worker's car with an open door and swerved, skidded on the wet road and ran over at least one of the man's legs.
The man has no memory of the accidents and was in a coma for several days. He suffered swelling on the brain, multiple broken bones including his collarbone, ribs, back and right leg.
Both women were charged with aggravated DUI. The 25-year-old is also charged with aggravated use of an electronic device, a misdemeanor. They we both being held in jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.
Distracted driving accidents killed 3,328 people in 2012 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data show that drivers under age 20 are among the highest risk group.
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