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DUI charges can come from a variety of circumstances

Drivers who are impaired are a risk to other people on the road. This is one of the primary reasons why Georgia has laws that make it illegal to drive while impaired. While impaired driving is usually associated with alcohol, there are many other factors that can lead to a person being too impaired to operate a vehicle safely.

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.

Marijuana-impaired drivers growing in number

Drivers under the influence of marijuana are becoming alarmingly common on the roads of Georgia and other U.S. states according to a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency's National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers suggests that the number of marijuana-impaired drivers has increased dramatically, and tests conducted at 60 sites across the country in 2013 and 2014 found traces of the drug in samples collected from 9 percent of daytime drivers and 13 percent of nighttime drivers.

A disturbing increase in drugged driving

Some Georgia drivers might be on the road while under the influence of drugs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 20 percent of drivers tested positive for drugs in 2014. Informally, law enforcement is seeing an increase in opioid overdoses and drugged drivers. Some Midwestern and Pacific Northwest areas in particular are seeing a rise in the use of heroin and opioids.

Field sobriety testing for marijuana usage

Georgia residents might be familiar with the field sobriety tests that law enforcement officials use when trying to determine if a motorist is driving under the influence of alcohol. Some of these tests are also used to assess if a driver is under the influence of marijuana. However, it is not yet clear whether the tests can be scientifically accurate when pinpointing high motorists.

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