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The impact of driving under the influence

Impaired driving can make Georgia roads far more dangerous. In 2015, alcohol-related fatalities made up 29 percent of the overall traffic-related deaths in the United States. It also accounted for 209 deaths of those 14 and younger. That was 16 percent of all traffic-related deaths of people in that age group.

Drivers who are impaired may be using controlled substances in addition to alcohol. Of impaired motorists who were involved in accidents in 2015, 16 percent were impaired by drugs that were obtained either legally or illegally. Overall, 13 percent of drivers who were on the road at night or on the weekend had marijuana in their systems while driving. This is part of an overall trend that has seen marijuana use increasing. Research showed that motorists who used marijuana were 25 percent more likely to get into a crash.

It is important to note that there may not be a direct link between marijuana and the risk of a crash. Age, gender or other factors can play a role in who may actually be at a higher risk of an accident after using the substance. In 2015, 1.1 million drivers were taken into custody for driving under the influence.

Those who are charged with a DUI may wish to consult with an attorney. The lawyer could come up with defenses such as contending that the driver was merely tired or experiencing a medical emergency at the time of a traffic stop. Legal counsel may also cast doubt on a police report or witness testimony in an effort to get a favorable outcome.

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