According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,839 people died nationwide in alcohol-related accidents. These deaths make up 32 percent of all fatal crashes.


Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. College Park DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.


Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) technology is being developed to prevent alcohol-impaired drivers from operating vehicles if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels are above a determined rate.


Though it is in the developmental stages, DADSS could prevent drunk drivers from operating vehicles if their BAC is at or above the legal intoxication limit, 0.08 percent. One proposal is for the technology to be installed as a new car option. Prototypes are being developed to determine the BAC through a touch-based system while another uses a breath-based approach similar to ignition interlocks.


Ignition interlock devices require the driver to submit breath samples; the engine will not start if the breath registers higher than a pre-programmed BAC level. Georgia law prohibits repeat DUI offenders from operating vehicles that are not equipped with such devices.


NHTSA research indicates that drivers with BAC levels over 0.08 percent who are involved in fatal accidents are eight times more likely to have had a prior impaired driving conviction than drivers who had no alcohol in their bodies at the time of an accident.


If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in College Park 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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