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 22-year-old man was charged with DUI less safe, reckless driving and possession of marijuana after an early-morning accident where he drove his Mercedes through the CNN Center's plate glass windows. The man, who admitted he had smoked marijuana earlier in the evening, was carrying more marijuana at the time of the accident. According to the police report the driver appeared to have intentionally left the road as he swerved to avoid poles, planters, light posts and metal barriers that protect trees, plants and signs. It was unclear which direction the driver was going prior to the accident and police speculated that he may have been driving on the sidewalk.
Nobody was injured in the accident and the driver's passenger was not charged.
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