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 a police report, a 54-year-old drunk driver in another state was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign. Despite multiple offenses the driver suddenly admitted to them all, including some the officer did not know about.


The man said he did not have his license, registration and insurance but that the officer could search him and his truck. The officer found a marijuana pipe in the man's back pocket that smelled of rolled cannabis and tobacco. The man admitted it was "my little weed pipe."


The man then volunteered that he had a DUI conviction several years ago and had his license suspended. The arresting officer noted that he smelled alcohol on the man.


Upon searching the truck the officer noticed that several packages of meat were sitting on the front seat. The man volunteered that he had just shoplifted it.


The officer noted that the truck had not been registered in seven years. The man explained that he had hotwired it just after stealing the meat.


The man was arrested on charges including DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, petit theft, driving with a suspended license with knowledge and grand theft auto


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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