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.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a 19-year-old Georgia man told police that the alcohol odor on his breath came from kissing a girl.
The police report notes that an officer pulled the man over after observing him fail to maintain his lane and crossing double yellow lines several times, according to an incident report. The officer immediately smelled the alcohol odor upon approaching the car. But the driver claimed he had not had anything to drink that night.
Upon being asked why there was an alcohol smell on the driver's breath he claimed it was because he had been kissing a girl who had been drinking. The driver failed multiple field sobriety tests and a breath test registered a blood alcohol concentration of 0.20 percent, more than twice the legal limit.
The driver ultimately admitted that he had consumed two cans of beer and was arrested and charged with DUI, improper driving and underage possession of alcohol.
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.