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.
The passenger in a car making an early morning run to a fast food restaurant was killed when a speeding drunk driver broadsided the vehicle. According to Columbus Police, a 24-year-old was traveling up to 100 mph when he collided with the other car. The 26-year-old passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected and suffered fatal blunt force trauma to her abdomen.
The speeding driver's BAC at the time of the accident was 0.105. He also was not wearing a seatbelt and was injured in the accident, though local hospital staff refused to treat him because he was being disruptive. He admitted to police that he had been drinking brandy prior to driving to the restaurant and pushed an officer while he was being questioned. He was charged with vehicular homicide, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, driving while his license was suspended or revoked, giving false information to an officer, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, and driving without a seat belt.
At the driver's court hearing, he pled not guilty on all counts, and blamed the other driver for the accident, claiming the car made an illegal left turn in front of him. The driver also claimed he was traveling no more than 60 mph, not 100 mph as estimated by police. The speed limit on the road in question is 45 mph.
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