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. Fayette County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.
According to studies by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), drunk driving accidents and fatalities tend to increase during warmer summer months. Georgia law enforcement agencies increase evening patrols and DUI checkpoints during the summer, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving show that more than half of the drivers who have their license suspended due to alcohol-related infractions still drive without a valid license.
According to the NHTSA, a drunk or DUI driver who caused an accident resulted in 12,998 deaths nationwide in 2007. By comparison, a DUI driver who caused a traffic accident resulted in 13,491 deaths in 2006, a year-over-year decrease of 3.7 percent.
If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Fayette 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.