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. Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.
According to a recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), four million Americans admit driving after drinking. The CDC's low estimate of alcohol-impaired driving based on the survey results came to 112 million times.
The CDC survey found that:
- 81 percent of drunk drivers are men.
- 85 percent of drunk drivers are binge drinkers.
- 1 in 3 drunk drivers are young men between 21 and 34 years old.
- People who do not always wear seat belts are four times more likely to drive drunk than those who regularly wear seat belts.
The CDC offered two potential solutions:
- Increase sobriety checkpoints;
- Require ignition interlock programs after the first DUI conviction
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.