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 former college football star who went on to become a police officer was arrested for DUI by a member of his own department. The officer reportedly sideswiped another vehicle and did not stop. The owner of the damaged vehicle called police.
The former football player was still in his car with fresh damage to the exterior. He refused to submit to field sobriety tests or a breath test and was taken into custody.
The officer would have faced severe penalties for the hit-and-run aspect of the DUI crash. However, before such penalties could be meted out he resigned for the police force.
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.