Some states have decided to enforce aggressive penalties for those who are very intoxicated while driving. These are often known as super drunk laws, and they impose these strict penalties when someone has a BAC level that is more than twice the legal limit.
For instance, a driver with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.09% may be considered intoxicated, but they would just face normal penalties. A driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.17%, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08%, could face larger fines, longer jail times and longer license restrictions.
But does Georgia have a law like this or is it only something you need to worry about when you travel?
There are no super drunk laws in Georgia
As of right now, Georgia law does not have any extra ramifications for someone who is extremely intoxicated while driving. The law simply states that someone can be presumed intoxicated if their BAC is 0.08% or higher. There’s no top limit, so someone with a 0.17% BAC would simply face the same ramifications as someone who had a much lower blood alcohol concentration.
As noted, though, you do need to think about this any time that you travel, and it is also worth keeping an eye on any updates to the law to see if Georgia adds one of these at some point in the future.
If you are facing drunk driving charges, the ramifications can be very severe. It’s quite important to understand the intricacies of the law and the options that you have.