Impaired Driving


In Georgia, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety launches Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over during high-travel holidays like July 4th, Labor Day and Christmas/New Year's (in addition to popular drinking occasions like the Super Bowl, St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo) to reinforce the message that we are a zero tolerance state. If you're over the limit, you'll be under arrest.

In 2018 in Georgia, there were 375 traffic fatalities (out of 1,504) that involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. That's up from 356 alcohol-involved fatalities out of 1,540 in 2017. Those 375 alcohol-involved fatalities accounted for 25 percent of Georgis's 1,504 total traffic fatalities in 2018. So while total traffic fatalities are down, alcohol-involved fatalties have increased.

Alcohol is a substance that reduces the function of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination. All these abilities are essential to operating a vehicle safely. As alcohol levels rise in a person’s system, the negative effects on the central nervous system increase, too. Alcohol is absorbed directly through the walls of the stomach and small intestine. Then it passes into the bloodstream where it accumulates until it is metabolized by the liver. Alcohol level is measured by the weight of the alcohol in a certain volume of blood. At a BAC of .08, crash risk increases exponentially. Because of this risk, it’s illegal in all 50 States (with the exception of Utah where the limit is .05), the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher.

This is why Georgia participates in the national mobilizations of Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over every year in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For more information on alcohol-impaired statistics, click HERE.