Recently, two incidents occurred in the Atlanta area involving allegations that the drivers involved were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. One of these involved the death of another driver. The other involved a school bus driver who is now facing allegations of DUI and endangerment of children. Some parents learned of this incident weeks after it occurred and are not pleased that it has taken so long for this incident to be reported to them. As a long-standing contributor to Georgia MADD and former board and and steering committee member, I cannot say enough about the deleterious impact of mixing alcohol or drugs and driving. When we can open the newspaper and find two such recent incidents in the Atlanta area, it causes me to consider once again at the statistics on what that picture looks like across America on any given day, week or month. More on this in a moment, but first what we know about these two incidents.
In one of these incidents, a man was killed in Marietta when he was driving on a local road in a vintage vehicle. His 1920’s era Model A Ford was struck and traveled into and rolled over into oncoming traffic. The Model A driver was killed and his passengers injured in this tragic crash. The other driver, a woman from Sandy Springs, has been charged with a second degree vehicular homicide which is a misdemeanor charge in Georgia. This charge was made under Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 40-6-393. She voluntarily went to the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office to face these charges and was released on bail. She was also charged with other violations which indicate that she was believed to have been following too closely and failing to exercise due care.
In another local DUI incident that occurred in February, a Cobb County school bus driver who is no longer working in that capacity having voluntarily resigned, was charged with DUI while driving elementary school kids. In that incident, the bus driver is alleged to have been driving under the influence and endangering children when he struck the rear of another vehicle that was stopped at a light. Thankfully, no one was harmed during this incident and the driver failed the breath test on the accident scene.
According to recent statistics, about four million adults drink alcohol and drive every year and over 10,000 deaths occur every year in America due to this problem. Many studies have examined the public health impact to Americans due to this issue. As MADD has reiterated for many years now, the death of a loved one, whether an adult or child due to drunk driving, is something that families endure with great emotional and often economic impact. Representing injured victims and families after an accident with a drunk driver in my personal injury law practice, I have experienced this impact first hand.
As recently noted by the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Injury and Prevention and Control, the combination of drinking and driving have a major impact on public health. This activity endangers those on the road and those walking as pedestrians as well. Very recently there was an incident at the South by Southwest festival in which an allegedly drunk driver drove into a crowd of people. Thus far, four people have died from this incident that took place in Austin, Texas. The young adult driver is now charged with capital murder and his life is changed forever.
The long-term impact of DUI crashes, injuries and death are severe and real. Injured victims and their families need a great deal of medical and legal support. The Law Firm of P. Charles Scholle, P.C., is here to help you and your family and to help relieve the burden of dealing with the aftermath of a serious accident. Please contact our law firm to speak with me personally at no charge and to begin the path to recovery.