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 27-year-old woman in another state was sentenced to five years in prison for a DUI accident the injured her 16-month old baby and her boyfriend.
The woman had a BAC of 0.22 percent when she turned left in front of an oncoming SUV and injured her passengers. The woman had three prior DUI arrests; her last one had a pending case and had suspended her driver's license. The woman's BAC in the third DUI arrest was 0.24 percent and she had open alcohol cans in her car.
At the woman's sentencing the judge considered the high BAC levels and also pointed out that the suspended license did not stop the woman from driving. In fact, the woman was arrested for a fifth DUI, still with a suspended license, while she was awaiting sentencing on the fourth DUI.
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