How Dangerous are Drunk Drivers in Georgia?

With so much attention on Georgia’s new “hands-free” laws, it may be easy to forget about other dangerous roadway activities, such as driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI). At The Dixon Firm, we want Georgia drivers to be aware of all possible risks so they can take precautions. In this week’s article, “How Dangerous are Drunk Drivers in Georgia?” we will take a look at some of the most sobering statistics about DUI and related auto accidents on Georgia roadways.

Nationwide Drunk Driving Statistics

Drunk drivers are a problem on roadways all across the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) all regularly compile data about drunk driving, related accidents, injuries, and deaths. Some of this data includes:

In terms of drunk drivers themselves:

These nationwide statistics certainly paint a picture of a dangerous trend. Here in Georgia, the problem is tremendous and is a threat to anyone on Georgia roadways.

How Dangerous are Drunk Drivers in Georgia?

Auto accidents occur for many reasons, but drunk drivers are one of the leading causes of accidents resulting in injuries or fatalities. Georgia has an exceptionally high number of drunk drivers, and that number seems to be increasing. From 2006 until 2015, the number of drunk driving related auto accidents and fatalities had declined. In 2015, however, the number rose dramatically, and has been consistently high since.

Even with strict laws, enforcement initiatives, and punishment, thousands of people choose to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs. Statistics from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety indicate:

Unfortunately, there are thousands of drunk driving incidents that are never reported, so these figures may be significantly higher. Many drunk drivers never get pulled over or arrested because of luck, or their ability to maintain some level of control while driving.

Georgia’s Drunk Driving Laws

The introduction to the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles says it best – “Drinking while driving can land you with a drunk driving charge―and that’s a best case scenario. The worst case is injuring or killing your passengers, other drivers, or yourself”.

Georgia takes drunk driving very seriously, and has strict laws in place. There are many misconceptions about drunk driving and what constitutes a DUI offense. Let’s set the record straight. In Georgia, DUI is defined as having a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of:

The penalties for a DUI conviction include:

Anyone with more than one DUI conviction will face increased penalties for subsequent offenses. Adults over age 21 who get a third DUI conviction will have the added penalties of:

Georgia’s drunk driving laws are designed to deter drivers from getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, many drivers do not comply with the laws or continue to disobey the laws after an arrest.

Get Help after a Drunk Driving Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident that was caused by a drunk driver, it is important that you get legal guidance right away. You or your loved one may be entitled to recover financial compensation from the person responsible for causing the accident. If so, you may be able to recover damages to cover medical expenses, lost wages, mental trauma, and property loss.

To find out more about your legal rights, and what options you may have, contact our Atlanta drunk driving attorneys today. Let us help you hold accountable those responsible for your injuries and get you the compensation you deserve. To schedule your free consultation, call us at 404-733-1166.