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 21-year-old woman was arrested and charged with DUI and other offenses after giving police three different names and two separate driver's licenses.
The woman allegedly tried having customers in a gas station buy her beer in the early morning hours. She then attempted to buy beer herself using a driver's license from another state. However, the woman gave a different date of birth when questioned by the store clerk. She allegedly became verbally abusive when the clerk would not sell her the beer and threatened to bring her dog in to attack the clerk. The clerk subsequently called police.
Local police found the car the woman drove at a nearby restaurant with the woman still inside the vehicle. Police reported smelling alcohol on the woman when they questioned her. She produced two driver's licenses and attempted to grab a Georgia license from the officer. The woman failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested. The vehicle's owner was called the retrieve the car and the large pit bull inside it. The person on the Georgia license was contacted and reported that her wallet and license had been stolen.
The woman was charged with forgery, driving under the influence of multiple substances, driving without a valid license, and giving a false name and address to a law enforcement officer, among other charges.
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