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UGA Newspaper Columnist Arrested for DUI

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.

According to a police report a 22-year-old columnist with the University of Georgia newspaper was arrested for DUI alcohol less safe and following too closely after being involved in an auto accident involving school band members. The driver was apologizing to the four women in the other car when police arrived and admitted that the accident was his fault. The officer noted that the driver was talkative and had slurred speech in addition to apologizing repeatedly. The officer suspected that the driver was driving while impaired and smelled alcohol on the driver's breath.

The driver alleged that he had not had anything to drink for hours and offered to take a Breathalyzer test to prove he was not drunk. After being arrested he tested with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.066 percent, which is below Georgia's 0.08 percent legal blood alcohol limit.

Police administered field sobriety tests at the scene and noted that he was shuffling his feet, had glassy eyes, slurred speech and they detected the odor of alcohol.  

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