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.


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.


Driving under the influence (DUI) refers to the criminal act of operating an automobile while impaired by alcohol or drugs. While most impaired accidents are attributable to alcohol, impairment from drugs accounts for approximately 18 percent of automobile fatalities. Almost 30 people die in the United States each day in an alcohol-related accident. This calculates to one death every 48 minutes. In 2009, nearly one-third of all traffic-related fatalities were from DUI accidents.


Georgia law enforcement agencies increase DUI enforcement during periods when drinking is expected, such as around New Year's, Super Bowl Sunday and during spring break. Special DUI task forces have been credited with a decrease in the number of alcohol-related fatalities. Police can perform field sobriety tests during traffic stops and may also use Breathalyzer tests to determine if the driver's blood alcohol concentration is within the legal limit.


Seven people were arrested for DUI on New Year's Eve and early New Year's Day as a result of road checks performed by the Georgia law enforcement. Five people were arrested for drunk driving in Jasper County and two drivers were arrested in Putnam County. Other drivers were cited for driving with open containers in their cars.


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 Shane Smith Law to schedule a free legal consultation.

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