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.
A 62-year-old driver was arrested for DUI in another state after his car was found crashed into a pole in the center island near an intersection. The Mercedes was still in drive with the driver slumped over the steering wheel when emergency personnel arrived. A rear window was broken to wake up the driver. An inspection of the car revealed significant front end damage from the collision with the pole and damage to the door. Police were unable to conclude if the additional damage was caused by another collision.
According to the police report the man had a distinct alcohol odor. The man, who identified himself as a local doctor, initially said he had been drinking before saying that he did not drink. He later told police he had "a smidgen of alcohol" before the noon crash. He was also found with muscle relaxer pills in his pocket.
The man had a previous DUI conviction in 2006.
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