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Survey—23 Percent of Teens Admit to Driving under Influence of Drugs, Alcohol

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.

 

Georgia has a zero tolerance law for underage drinking and driving. Though the illegal blood alcohol content (BAC) for drivers over 21 years old is 0.08 percent, drivers under 21 can be charged with DUI with a BAC of 0.02 percent. Teen drivers can be charged with DUI in a minor accident if a chemical test indicates that they have a small amount of alcohol in their system. 
 

According to a survey by Students Against Destructive Decisions, almost a quarter of all teens admit to driving while impaired by alcohol or illegal substances. Perhaps even more surprisingly, nearly 50 percent of the teens who admitted to drinking and driving did not think that alcohol, marijuana or other drugs impacted their ability to drive safely. Additionally, nearly 40 percent of all teens surveyed did not consider alcohol, marijuana or other drugs a distraction that impacted their ability to drive safely. High schools and lower grades teach in health classes that drugs and alcohol slow motor reflexes, and reduce hand-eye coordination.

 

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