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.

The 10-member Nighthawk DUI Task Force was created in 2004 by the Georgia Department of Public Safety to reduce the incidence of DUI accidents in Dekalb, Fulton, Clayton, Gwinnett, and Cobb Counties.

The Nighthawks are a Georgia State Patrol special operations unit which will identifies drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. DUI incidents and arrests have declined by nearly 50 percent in counties where the Nighthawks have been patrolling.

According to the NHTSA, a drunk or DUI driver who caused an accident resulted in 12,998 deaths nationwide in 2007. By comparison, a DUI driver who caused a traffic accident resulted in 13,491 deaths in 2006, a year-over-year decrease of 3.7 percent. 

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
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