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.
Georgia law enforcement officers teamed with officers from five other states over Labor Day weekend for the annual Hands Across the Border campaign to reduce impaired driving. Road checks were placed throughout the state to catch drunk drivers, drug offenders, fugitives, drivers with outstanding warrants, unlicensed and uninsured drivers and those transporting improperly restrained child passengers.
For six days leading up to Labor Day weekend and throughout the holiday weekend, Georgia police, sheriff's deputies and state troopers set up checkpoints near the state line to catch impaired drivers entering and leaving Georgia. They also gathered with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety at state welcome centers for media interviews and public awareness sessions.
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