According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,839 people died nationwide in alcohol-related accidents. These deaths make up 32 percent of all fatal crashes.


Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Conley DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.


Some fast food businesses have expanded their menus to include alcohol. While new marketing ideas are frequently implemented, this one seems certain to cause more DUI accidents. Burger King and Sonic now offer beer and wine at select locations. As if the idea of eating and drinking on the run was not a dangerous idea on its face, Sonic's menu change is even more questionable since it offers no dining room and only has a drive-thru option. The initial implementation was at restaurants in Florida, Nevada, Kansas, Missouri and Washington, though both establishments plan to expand the offerings to other states.


Laws and regulations have tirelessly sought to reduce the prevalence of DUI accidents, only to be undermined by poor commercial decisions.  Policies such as graduated licensing programs, stiffer DUI penalties and Dram Shop laws have reduced the number of DUI fatalities in the last two decades. But retailers who look only at the financial bottom line will likely jump on the alcohol-serving bandwagon if the balance sheet shows that patrons are purchasing it.


If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Conley DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.

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