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The four and six-year-old were not using car seats or seat belts.
Twenty-two-year-old Cierra Baughcum was arrested for driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, striking a fixed object, two counts of child endangerment and two counts of child restraint. At the time of the arrest, she had a blood-alcohol content of .392 - five times the legal limit.
Fourteen percent of child car accident deaths (children under age 14) involve a drunk driver. More than two-thirds of child DUI victims are riding with the drunk driver at the time of the accident. In Georgia, drunk drivers who drive with a child in the car may also face child endangerment charges.
Child death is always a tragedy, but Georgia drunk driving deaths may be the most tragic deaths of all. Learn more about the rights of families who have lost a child to a drunk driver in Atlanta DUI victim attorney Shane Smith's article, "Child DUI Deaths in Georgia; Do Parents Have Rights?"