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Facts to know about drunk driving in Georgia

Driving has inherent dangers, all of which are compounded by the actions of those who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The dangers include going at unsafe speed, having impaired reactions and making poor decisions. All of those can put drivers, their passengers, pedestrians and individuals in other vehicles. If you live in Georgia, there are some key facts that you should know about driving under the influence.

What are the death rates by age group in Georgia accidents that involve a drunk driver?

Death rates are expressed as totals per 100,000 people. The rates for Georgia are compared to national levels. Georgia rates are lower than national levels in some respects, but because all lives matter, they are still too high. Every death represents the loss of a life to the actions of a driver who was operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

For all ages, Georgia has 3.0 deaths on average per 100,000, compared to the national rate of 3.3. In Georgia and nationally, the highest rates are in the 21-34 age group.

What about by gender?

The rate of deaths in accidents involving alcohol in Georgia is 4.9 per 100,000 people for men, and 1.2 for women. Both statistics are comparable with the national rates of 5.2 and 1.5.

What can be done to reduce drunk driving in Georgia?

Strong drunk driving laws, making it illegal for those 21 and older to drive with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08% or above has helped some. The laws also establish a zero tolerance policy for drivers under 21 to be operating motor vehicle with any alcohol in their system. There are many more precautions that should be taken to ensure that Georgia roads are safe for everyone.

For those who have been injured because of a drunk driver, seeking compensation is possible. An attorney who is experienced in personal injury claims can help.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Sobering Facts: Drunk Driving in Georgia," accessed Aug. 27, 2015

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