Peachtree City Lawyer Supports Lowering Blood Alcohol Level Limits

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Georgia accident attorney Shane Smith discusses the proposal to make DUI laws stricter and urges the community to speak out.

While the beverage industry may lose profits, we could save an estimated 1,000 lives a year across America. It would, very simply, get more people with alcohol in their systems off of the road.

This week, according to NBC News (5.14.13), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that all states lower their blood alcohol limits to 0.05. Now it is in the hands of state governments to consider the stricter DUI law—and in the hands of the residents of each state to let their representatives know their opinions on the matter.

At the Law Offices of Shane Smith, we believe that lowering the legal blood alcohol content level from 0.08 to 0.05 will save dozens of lives a year in Georgia and prevent thousands of serious traffic accident injuries. These beliefs are based on the following statistics:

  •     In 2008, according to the NTSB, 73 people in Georgia were killed in accidents involving a driver who had BAC of between 0.01 and 0.07.
  •     When Australia made a similar change in their DUI laws, crash fatalities fell by 5-18 percent.
  •     The NTSB found that some drivers lose visual functioning with a blood alcohol level of 0.05.
  •     Having a blood alcohol level of 0.05 increases the chances of a car accident by 39 percent.

In Georgia, lowering the legal limit to 0.05 would change a “DUI less safe” charge into a full DUI charge—a switch that we believe would lower the number of drivers on the road under the influence of alcohol. However, the restaurant and beverage industries are already speaking out about the potential change, claiming that lowering the limit would unnecessarily take freedom away from drivers.

“There is really no downside to the new recommendation to lower the legal BAC to 0.05,” said Peachtree City personal injury attorney Shane Smith. “While the beverage industry may lose profits, we could save an estimated 1,000 lives a year across America. It would, very simply, get more people with alcohol in their systems off of the road.”

Smith, whose law office partners with and sponsors Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), represents victims of Georgia DUI accidents as well as “DUI less safe” crashes that involve injury or death.

“I believe that a stricter BAC law in Georgia would force us to treat drinking and driving more seriously and to dispel the myth that drinking a couple of beers before getting behind the wheel has no affect on the safety of your driving,” said Smith. “I also believe that a lower BAC limit may make it easier for victims of car accidents involving alcohol to settle with insurance companies, get fair compensation sooner, and get closure sooner. I encourage all Georgia residents to contact their local government representatives and share their own opinions on the matter.”

For more information of these recommended changes to the legal BAC limit and to find out how you can help to give Georgia DUI victims a voice by contacting your representive, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-487-8999 or visit

About the Law Offices of Shane Smith:

Located in Peachtree City and serving the greater Atlanta area, the personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to advocating for the victims of negligence and neglect. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys take on car and truck accident cases, pedestrian accident cases, DUI accident cases, wrongful death claims, and slip and fall lawsuits.

With our diverse range of personal injury clients in Georgia, our law firm helps with the highest level of compassion, vigor, honesty, and great attention to detail.

We offer injury victims across Georgia complimentary case evaluations, either in office or over the phone. To learn more about our legal services or to request a meeting with an attorney, call 770-487-8999 or visit

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