With Independence Day falling in the middle of the week this year, chances are good that the “day” will become an entire week of celebration. Since that celebration could include alcohol, it’s important to take care when driving in Georgia this week.
DUI and DWI are terms that are used interchangeably, but like most states, DUI is becoming the preferred term in Georgia, since Driving Under the Influence recognizes the potential for drivers to be impaired by either alcohol or drugs.
Blood alcohol content (BAC), tested by a breath, urine, or blood sample, will determine the penalties to be charged for an alcohol-related DUI offense. In Georgia, a BAC of 0.08% or higher automatically counts as a DUI, according to DMV.org. It is important to note that a blood test is not required to charge you with DUI. All an officer has to do is see behavior that seems impaired, and you can be arrested.
Alcohol related accidents always peak over holidays, and the chances of being injured in an alcohol related accident go up too. If you are in an accident this week, and your vehicle is able to be moved, move to the side of the road or a safe location to exchange information. Call the police and wait for their arrival before leaving the scene.
If you are injured in an accident, or if passengers in your vehicle are injured, the second call you should make after seeking medical attention is to an accident attorney. David Van Sant is an Alpharetta accident lawyer who can help you through the difficulties you will confront when injured in an accident. If the accident was caused by another driver, and if alcohol or drugs were involved, you may be entitled to damages and the other driver may be charged. If the other driver is in jail, it can be difficult to move forward with the auto repairs and medical bills, so be sure to enlist the support of a good attorney.
Enjoy your holiday week and drive carefully.