Atlanta DUI injury attorneys hear many sad stories. Georgia drunk driving victims come from all walks of life. They are parents of young children, high school students with a bright future, and newlyweds starting a life together. Regardless of whom the drunk driving victim is, one thing is always true: the victim’s death could have been prevented.
Georgia drunk driving accidents are caused by impaired drivers. These drivers made the dangerous choice to get behind the wheel, and that choice cost a life.
Often, families of Georgia drunk driving victims will ask, “What could we have done to prevent this accident?” Perhaps, society should ask that question. Here are three facts about drunk drivers.
- Sixty percent of drunk driving deaths are caused by repeat offenders. Forty percent are caused by first-time DUI offenders.
- According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the average impaired driver has driven drunk 87 times before his first arrest.
- Fifty to seventy-five percent of drivers who are convicted of DUI will repeat the offense, even if punished with fines, jail time, and license suspension.
Ignition interlock devices are alcohol-detection machines that are linked to a car’s ignition system. A driver cannot start the car if he registers a breath alcohol content above a preset level. The Center for Disease Control and MADD believe that ignition interlock devices are the only effective way to stop Georgia drunk driving accidents.
If you or a loved one is a victim of a DUI car crash in Georgia, you deserve restitution. Learn more in Georgia DUI victim attorney Shane Smith’s book, I Was Hit By A Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? or contact Shane Smith Law at 866-979-1629.