According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. From 2001-2005, over 65,000 children in Georgia had a parent incarcerated for a drug or alcohol offense


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


DUI Courts save taxpayers money by freeing Georgia's jail space. In 2002, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) provided the Judicial Council with grant funding to establish specialized court dockets focusing on chronic multiple DUI offenders. These are the offenders for whom prior DUI sanctions including jail and rehabilitation services have been ineffective.

The ten DUI Courts were implemented to provide intensive judicial oversight, substance abuse treatment and offender accountability.


The average DUI Court participant is a white male, 35 years old, with at least three DUI convictions. Most started drinking as teenagers and they have severe untreated substance abuse problems. Most are high school graduates and 95 percent are physically addicted to alcohol or other substances when they begin DUI Court.


According to a study funded by GOHS, DUI Courts are effective at reducing DUI offenders' recidivism rates. One DUI Court boasts a recidivism rate of only 9 percent. DUI Court participants are almost three times less likely to have a new DUI arrest after 12 months post-DUI Court graduation. DUI Court participants are four times less likely to have a new DUI arrest at 24 months post-DUI Court graduation.


If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Lake City 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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