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.
National data shows a decrease in the number of drunk driving accidents in recent years and a larger decrease when compared to data extending back several decades. However, a report shows that one state has seen a dramatic increase in drunk driving accidents in recent years.
The report compared the nationwide data for alcohol-related accidents over the past 20 years to the rate of drunk driving accidents in the outlying state. The state saw a 10 percent increase in alcohol-related fatal car accidents over an 18-year period. By comparison, national data indicated a nine percent decrease in drunk driving fatalities over the same period.
State officials are puzzled as to why the individual state data and national data appear to be going in different directions. Law enforcement and legal officials reviewed laws in multiple jurisdictions and determined that the same laws were implemented and enforced as in states that saw decreases in drunk driving fatalities over the past 20 years. Some state officials believe that the underlying problem may be the state's alcohol abuse problem.
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