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Teens Who Ride with Impaired Drivers More Likely to Drive Impaired

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 new study of teenage drivers, those who have ridden with impaired drivers are more likely to drive impaired themselves. The study, which included over 2,000 high school students, found that teen drivers are much more likely to drive while intoxicated if they have been in a car with an intoxicated driver.

Additionally, the research found a correlation between a tendency to drive impaired and a younger age when obtaining a license. It found that teen drivers who got their licenses earlier were more likely to drive under the influence of alcohol than those who obtained their licenses when they were slightly older. Delayed licenses for teenage drivers have been encouraged in Georgia and nationally as a way to reduce distracted and impaired driving by inexperienced drivers.

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