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.


A 38-year-old woman was arrested for DUI in another state after a witness saw her drinking a beer and smoking a cigarette backward in the early morning hours while she waited for a child who went alone into a store. The witness said she could smell the cigarette filter burning but that the woman did not appear to realize it. The woman was stopped a short time later after police saw her driving erratically.


According to the police report the woman was driving so slowly it made her unsafe. Upon stopping the driver the police found an open beer on the front seat and multiple open alcoholic containers in the back seat. The woman's 11-year-old son was also in the car.


The woman failed field sobriety tests and her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.181 and 0.176 percent, more than twice the legal limit.


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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