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.
A University of Georgia student was recently arrested for underage DUI after he nearly caused an accident with a police car while leaving an apartment complex. According to the police report the student told the officer he simply was not paying attention when the incident occurred at 4:44 a.m. The student was cited for failure to yield but the officer noticed that the student repeatedly turned his head away when speaking, as if to avoid having his breath smelled.
The officer detected an alcohol odor and the student insisted on speaking to an attorney. He refused to take any blood alcohol tests at the scene and was arrested for underage DUI.
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.