Drunk driving and drunk driving injuries and fatalities remain a serious issue in this country. Just about every 90 seconds, there is a crash causing drunk driving injuries and every single day in America, another 27 people die in accidents as a result of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. As difficult as it is to comprehend, statistics show that on average, one in three people will at some point in their lifetime be involved in a drunk driving incident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic fatalities are on a slow decline; however, statistics published by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) show that in the state of Georgia, 25% of all traffic deaths are caused by drunk driving, which is actually an 11% increase from the previous year. Any drunk driving injury or death, whether caused by DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated), can be completely avoided. Sadly, however, hundreds of thousands of people are still affected by DUI accidents each year.
Statutes have been enacted to try and deter drunk driving in the U.S. One such statute allows for a judge or other agency to order convicted drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock device in order to operate a vehicle. This device, also referred to as a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) is a mechanism similar to a breathalyzer which is installed on the dashboard of a motor vehicle. The driver must first exhale into the device before the car or truck can be started, and if the resulting breath alcohol concentration measured is greater than the acceptable level, the vehicle’s engine will not start. All 50 states have some sort of ignition interlock law but only 15 states have a mandatory law for all drunk driving offenses. Georgia is not one of them. In the state of Georgia, first-time offenders have a second chance to cause another accident and another drunk driving injury before the use of this device is required.
If you have been injured or lost a family member due to a drunk driving accident, it is best to retain the counsel of an aggressive personal injury lawyer with consistent experience in handling drunk driving cases in the state of Georgia. To receive a FREE consultation and case review from an experienced personal injury attorney at The Law Office of Richard D. Hobbs & Associates, call (770) 467-3372 today.