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Georgia DUI Driver Sentenced in 2012 Death of Deputy

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 25-year-old Georgia woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison with seven to serve for the 2012 DUI death of a sheriff's deputy. The woman pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of DUI. The sentence was appropriate for a charge of vehicular homicide while driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in excess of 0.08 percent.


The 32-year-old deputy was killed in a two-car crash on Interstate 95 when the woman struck him head-on in his police cruiser while she was traveling the wrong way on the highway.


A video clip of the accident by another sheriff's deputy showed the killed deputy activating his cruiser's patrol lights as the woman approached in the wrong direction. The officer unsuccessfully attempted to swerve out of the way but was struck by the woman, who did not apply her brakes.


Prosecutors claimed that the woman's BAC was 0.139 percent when tested at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab but was 0.185 percent when she was tested at the hospital shortly after the accident.


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.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia