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Report Shows Younger Children Are Experimenting with Alcohol

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers.


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


According to a Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities report, approximately 60 percent of teens admit to drinking or trying alcohol before their twelfth birthday. The report stated that some Georgia children as young as nine years old are experimenting with alcohol. Possible explanations are that unsupervised children are accessing their parents' alcohol without their parents' knowledge or consent.


Some community leaders are worried about teens' health and safety because of the report. Concerns about the far-reaching effects of early alcohol exposure have led to a galvanized effort to create awareness of the long-term social and legal consequences of underage drinking. Included in this is the likelihood that children who casually experiment with alcohol may drive after drinking.


Georgia's legal blood alcohol concentration limit for underage drinkers is 0.02 percent. This is because it is against the law for someone under 21 to purchase, possess or consume alcohol. Law enforcement officers need only be suspicious that a young driver has consumed alcohol to do a field sobriety test.


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

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia