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Georgia is considered one of the strictest states in the country on drunk drivers according to a WalletHub study.   Georgia ranks second while Arizona was ranked number 1.  The District of Columbia and South Dakota were considered to be the most lenient on drunk drivers.

Nationally, drunk driving accounted for 29 percent of motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving claims roughly 10,000 lives per year – costing Americans $ 44 billion annually.

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States that vote majority Republican have tougher laws against drunk drivers than Democratic voting states and Georgia is a majority Republican voting state.

In Georgia, drunk driving fatalities are dropping. Last year, Georgia had 366 fatalities related to drunk driving, which is still too many.

The study divided into two categories: Prevention and Criminal Penalties. For Criminal Penalties, Georgia had the some of the highest rankings for being strict on drunk drivers particularly on insurance rate hikes and driver’s license revocations.

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Jeremy Spencer is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden  and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus will be local news, statewide education issues, and political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as a education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns.

Jeremy grew up in rural Southern Georgia and he has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, and a state education official.  Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. He and his wife have lived in Camden County for 16 years and they have two teenage children. Jeremy and his family attend Christ Church Camden in Kingsland, GA.

camden@allongeorgia.com

 

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