According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers.
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 recent study published by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.01 percent are more likely to speed, be in an accident with another vehicle and less likely to wear a seatbelt than sober drivers. Researchers studied 1.5 million fatal accidents that occurred from 1994 through 2008 and published their findings in the journal Addiction.
Among the study's findings:
- A driver's speed increases proportionate with blood alcohol concentration. Drivers with a BAC of 0.01 percent were found to have an increased likelihood of speeding that was compounded by the alcohol impairment.
- Drivers with a BAC of 0.01 percent (the equivalent of half of a 12-ounce can of beer) had a 46 percent higher chance of causing an accident when compared to sober drivers.
- A driver's likelihood of wearing a seat belt decreases as his BAC increases.
- A driver with a BAC of 0.01 percent likely does not feel the alcohol's effects at all.
- The legal limit of 0.08 percent was found to be an arbitrary figure; there was no significant difference in terms of accident risk between 0.07 percent and 0.08 percent.
- Inexperienced drivers were most likely to be affected by alcohol with a BAC of 0.02 percent. Experienced drivers had a significantly higher risk of causing accidents at a 0.05 percent BAC or higher.
Drivers who are impaired by alcohol can be held responsible for causing an accident even if their BAC is below the legal limit.
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