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UGA Student Arrested for Underage DUI, Faces Additional Charges because of Passenger Injuries

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. 
 

Recently a 19-year-old University of Georgia student was involved in an auto accident after he allegedly tried to race a red light while making a left turn. The vehicle struck another and police were called to the scene.

 

The investigating officers smelled alcohol on the driver's breath and found open alcohol containers in the vehicle. In addition to being charged with underage DUI and underage consumption of alcohol the driver was also charged with three counts of serious injury by vehicle. The driver had four passengers, three of whom needed to be extricated using the Jaws of Life device.

 

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