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.
According to a study by the NHTSA and the White House Office of Drug Control Policy, drugged driving may be a factor in as many as a third of all auto accident fatalities. The study analyzed accident data from fatal auto crashes in 2009 and found that over 33 percent of the fatalities had traces of prescription or narcotic drugs in their systems.
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) had issued a warning that drugged driving was more prevalent than expected and estimated its occurrence at 25 percent of fatal accidents.
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