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Georgia DUI Drivers Put Children at Risk

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,839 people died nationwide in alcohol-related accidents. These deaths make up 32 percent of all fatal crashes.


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.


Children are placed at an unreasonable risk when they are riding in a car with a drunk driver.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 211 children died in DUI accidents in a one year period. Over sixty percent of the children killed in these accidents were riding with an intoxicated driver.


Recently, Alpharetta City Councilman Michael Cross was arrested after police claimed he was weaving across the road. The arresting officer also indicated that Cross's breath smelled of alcohol. However, Cross refused field sobriety tests and blood alcohol testing because he claimed the police had no probable cause to stop him. Cross is also an attorney in addition to being a councilman. He may not be guilty of DUI but Cross could have his driver's license suspended for one year if a court finds that his arrest was lawful.


Perhaps the most startling aspect of the incident was that Cross had his 7-year-old son in his car at the time he was stopped. Drivers under the influence of alcohol who transport children could face financial and criminal liability for the children's injuries. Cross was charged with DUI and also faced additional charges of child endangerment and having improper child safety restraints.


If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in College Park 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