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Study Indicates Alcohol Has Increase Effect on Seniors

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.

According to a study published in the journal published recently in the journal Psychopharmacology, a senior driver who consumes small amounts of alcohol could dramatically impair his driving ability compared to younger motorists who consume the same amount of alcohol.

Researchers compared two groups of drivers: senior motorists aged 55 to 70, and young drivers aged 25 to 35. Neither group consumed enough alcohol to be rendered legally drunk (a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher). However, when senior drivers drank just one alcoholic beverage, it negatively impacted their driving abilities and reaction times.

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