According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DUI accident fatalities increased from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2013. The NHTSA reported that the majority of DUI accidents with fatalities involved drivers whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.15 percent or higher, or almost twice the legal limit. 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.
A 55-year-old woman in another state left a bar in the early morning hours and was making a left turn when her car was struck by a motorcycle. According to the police report the 24-year-old motorcyclist was speeding and was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Witnesses reported that the motorcyclist was speeding at the time of the crash and that the car did not stop at the intersection's flashing red light.
The motorcyclist was rushed to intensive care and was treated for head injuries, a broken leg and internal bleeding. A 21-year-old passenger on the motorcycle was treated for a broken leg, skull fracture and brain bleeding. Neither was wearing a helmet.
Police reported that the motorcyclist's BAC was 0.082 percent. The woman's BAC was 0.10 percent.
The woman was charged with DUI and two counts of vehicular battery, along with failing to yield at an intersection with flashing lights and driving without a seat belt or driver's license. This was the woman's ninth DUI overall and seventh since 1990. She was convicted of six previous DUI charges and served jail time in five different years. The district attorney's office reported that the DUI offense was punishable by a 10-year prison sentence and a mandatory three-year driver's license revocation.
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