Georgia authorities, local police and the Georgia Highway Patrol, have been focusing their efforts of finding and citing those who cannot resist driving under the influence of alcohol. As a result the number of drunk drivers or drivers under the influence of something, has risen, but the number of drunk drivers itself has gradually declined.

According to Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers, the number of drunk drivers in Georgia declined by more than 10 percent in 2011 compared with 2011. MADD statistics show there were 298 DUI fatalities on Georgia roadways in 2011. A sharp decline from previous years.

There simply is no excuse for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Studies have shown that as little as one beer, one glass of wine, or one shot of alcohol is enough to significantly diminish your ability to safely operate a vehicle. Alcohol impairs your judgement, slows your reflexes and causes you to react to situations at a much slower rate than you would if you were not impaired.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, only distracted driving causes more traffic fatalities than driving under the influence, and distracted drivers actually take their eyes off the road completely. That means that drunk drivers who are watching the road ahead are almost as unsafe as those who are not even watching where they are going.

If you are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs of alcohol, traffic citations are likely the least of your concerns. many states are requiring first time DUI offenders to install an inter-lock device which requires the driver to self-administer and pass a breathalyzer test before the engine will start, and many more states are also suspending driving privileges for a minimum of six months.

When it comes to driving under the influence of drugs of alcohol, the best defense is to not get behind the wheel in the first place. Do yourself and everyone else on the road a favor and find a sober driver or arrange for a safe ride home.