Driving under the influence of alcohol, whether a lot of alcohol or a little, in Atlanta or any other city is never a good idea. But many Ga drivers are under the false impression that if they have just had a few beers they are fine to drive home and not in any danger of hurting themselves or others. Thus the term “buzzed driving” came about as an excuse for those who think that their blood alcohol level (BAC) if stopped by an Atlanta Traffic Officer, is not high enough to be read by a breathalyzer as “DUI” or driving under the influence, and thus they are OK to drive. How does a driver know if they are sober enough to drive, where is that fine line?
The answer is that there is NO difference between buzzed driving and drunk driving according to the law. The word “buzzed” is really just a euphemism for feeling slightly intoxicated and there is no law in Georgia that defines any difference whatsoever. If stopped for driving too fast, too slow, running a red light, failure to stop or any other moving violation occurs after you have been drinking any alcohol, there is no way to determine whether or not you are above the legal limit in Atlanta or any other city unless a breathalyze is admnistered. In terms of impairment, its just too tough to make the call as far as how your judgment will be impacted on your way home.
Hawkins Spizman Fortas handles Atlanta DUI Defense and also handles DUI cases in many additional cities throughout Ga. Call us at 404-933-1153 for answers to your questions about a Ga DUI charge or any other moving violation. Experience matters and we are on your side!