According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DUI accident fatalities increased from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2013. The NHTSA reported that the majority of DUI accidents with fatalities involved drivers whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.15 percent or higher, or almost twice the legal limit. 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 53-year-old wedding shuttle driver in another state was arrested for DUI after his passengers ordered that he stop because they thought he was driving while impaired. The passengers reported to police that the driver had difficulty staying in his lane while driving them from a wedding.
According to the police report the driver worked for a limo company that was contracted for the wedding. He told officers that he had two drinks at the wedding and then specified that he only had two Cokes. Officers reported that the driver smelled of alcohol, had watery, bloodshot eyes and was unsteady on his feet.
An officer found a full 50-milliliter bottle of tequila in the driver's pants pocket and another, same-sized empty tequila bottle in the driver's area of the van. The driver faces two misdemeanor charges of DUI and a probation violation for allegedly consuming alcohol, a prohibition stemming from a 2013 domestic violence case.
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.