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.


According to a police report, a 56-year-old Circuit Court judge in another state who hears misdemeanor drug cases was arrested for DUI as she returned from an inpatient stay at a substance abuse treatment facility. The judge, who screamed at the officer that she did not want to go to jail, was found with multiple alcoholic beverages in the trunk.


The judge allegedly crashed into a stopped car, knocking the 20-year-old driver unconscious and sending him to the hospital. The responding officer smelled alcohol on the judge's breath and in her car. She was charged with DUI, DUI with damage to property or persons and failure to use due care. The judge refused to have her blood drawn and declined to have a breath test.


The judge voluntarily took a leave of absence after allegations that she appeared in court drunk twice in four months. She went to a local outpatient treatment facility briefly until the second allegation. She then took voluntary leave and entered an inpatient facility.


If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Clayton County 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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