According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DUI accident fatalities increased from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2013. The NHTSA reported that the majority of DUI accidents with fatalities involved drivers whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.15 percent or higher, or almost twice the legal limit. 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 40-year-old man in another state avoided prison when he admitted to driving drunk with his fiancée's two children in the car. The man was heading home after working as a DJ at a party where he admitted he consumed alcohol. He was stopped by police just after 3 a.m. with his fiancée's 4-year-old and 5-year-old children in the car.
Police also found marijuana in the back of the car with the children and a partially smoked marijuana cigarette in the driver's center console.
The man faced two counts of aggravated DUI, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was sentenced five years of probation, 60 days of community service and he had his license revoked for one year. He is also required to install an ignition interlock device in his car while he is on probation.
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 Shane Smith Law to schedule a free legal consultation.