According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. 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.
Daytime drunk driving at the University of Georgia has become more prevalent according to university police. This increase is attributed to increased alcohol tolerance by drinkers who are still impaired the morning after heavily drinking. Police officials speculate that these people do not realize that they are still impaired hours after a party or after sleeping.
These same impaired drivers may have used safe means to get home from a party. In many cases the drivers may recognize that they are suffering hangover effects or may still have an alcohol buzz but they are unaware that their blood alcohol levels are beyond the legal limit.
According to university police officials, there were eight total traffic fatalities in 2013, six of which contributed to DUI deaths. In 2012, there were 10 traffic fatalities and five of those resulted from DUIs.
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