Drunk Driving Deaths Per Year in Georgia

Each year, alcohol is the cause of a significant number of highway accidents and even deaths. This is so even though Georgia has excellent enforcement of its DUI laws. Some statistics show the number of drunk-driving fatalities to be as high as twenty-five percent of all traffic accidents. That’s a startling statistic, and one that law enforcement seeks to decrease with its “Operation Zero Tolerance” DUI-reduction campaign.

Operation Zero Tolerance

In an attempt to reduce the number of drunk-driving fatalities, Georgia law enforcement enacted a DUI-reduction campaign entitled “Operation Zero Tolerance” as part of a national effort to discourage people from drinking and driving. The purpose is to remind drivers that if they are caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.8 or higher, they will be arrested and sent to jail. In addition to encouraging people to designate a sober driver and leave their car keys at home, law enforcement officials also request people to take an active stance in preventing drunk-driving. People are encouraged to contact law enforcement if they see a drunk driver on the road. People are also encouraged to help anyone who is intoxicated find a safe way to get home.

Ignition Interlock Device (IID)

Georgia in one of only a few states that does not require the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) for a first-time DUI conviction. The anti-DUI group Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) seeks to have this law changed. An ignition interlock device (IID) is perhaps the best way to prevent a person from driving while intoxicated. That’s because an ignition interlock device requires the driver to give a clean breath sample before the car’s ignition will start. If the ignition interlock device detects alcohol on the driver’s breath, the car’s ignition will not start. Additionally, while the car is in operation, the driver is required to give periodic breath samples to ensure that the driver has not been drinking. If alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath at any time, the car will become inoperable. The same is true if the driver refuses to give a breath sample when requested.