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 29-year-old woman in another state was charged with DUI, failure to drive right, avoidance of or tampering with ignition interlock device, and risk of injury to a minor after she crashed her car with her two infant children inside. The woman was previously convicted of DUI and had been fined and was given a suspended prison sentence and was placed on probation for one year. The driver of the other car and a passenger were both hospitalized with minor injuries.
As a condition of the prior DUI the woman had an ignition interlock device on her car. Much like a Breathalyzer, the device measures a driver's BAC and prevents the engine from starting if it is above a pre-programmed level. The woman apparently bypassed the ignition interlock in order to start the car.
Georgia DUI offenders who have at least two convictions must install ignition interlock devices on all vehicles they own; Georgia law prohibits such offenders from operating vehicles that are not equipped with such devices. If a driver has "habitual offender" status based on two or more DUI convictions and the offender is placed on probation, an ignition interlock device must be used for six months after the probationary license has been issued as a condition of probation.
Offenders who have an ignition interlock device are issued an ignition interlock-limited driving permit; this restricts the holder to drive for specific purposes (to work, school, regularly scheduled treatment or support sessions or meetings and monthly monitoring visits with the permit holder's ignition interlock device service provider).
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