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.


Georgia has a zero tolerance law for underage drinking and driving. Though the illegal blood alcohol content (BAC) for drivers over 21 years old is 0.08 percent, drivers under 21 can be charged with DUI with a BAC of 0.02 percent. Teen drivers can be charged with DUI in a minor accident if a chemical test indicates that they have a small amount of alcohol in their system. 

A University of Georgia student who was driving with a flat tire at 4 a.m. was arrested for underage DUI after failing field sobriety tests. According to the police report the student, 18, was observed driving with a flat tire. She was pulled over when her car started weaving and she turned the wrong way down a one-way street. The driver was wearing a paper bracelet that usually indicates a person is over 21 years old and legal to be served alcohol. She said she had one drink and someone bought it for her. The student nearly fell over when doing the field sobriety test despite wearing flats and told the officer "seriously, I'm OK to drink" and "I'm not above the influence." She registered 0.14 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) on a Breathalyzer and was arrested for underage DUI, underage possession or consumption of alcohol, failure to maintain her lane and driving the wrong way on a one-way street. Upon her arrest it was discovered that this was the student's third alcohol-related arrest.


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.


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