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.


The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published sobering statistics about the nation's drunk driving problem. According to a study, drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over 0.15 percent or drivers who had a DUI conviction within the last 10 years were involved in over 70 percent of all alcohol-related fatal auto accidents. Law enforcement data indicates that over 30 percent of all drivers arrested for DUI are repeat offenders.


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a driver arrested for DUI has driven 88 times while under the influence of alcohol before their first arrest.


The NTSB proposed a number of guidelines to address the drunk driving problem:

•Increase the number and frequency of sobriety checkpoints;

•Implement programs targeting drivers who continue driving after their license is suspended for DUI

•Define a repeat offender as anyone who has been arrested for DUI within the last 10 years

•Impose harsher sentence and treatment options for habitual drunk drivers.


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.

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Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia

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