Friends Don’t Let Newlyweds Drive Drunk

Friends Don’t Let Newlyweds Drive Drunk

A woman’s special day. Imagine witnessing her exchange vows with her beloved, celebrating her new life as a wife, friends sending the happy couple off with well wishes. And then having that joyous feeling turn to dread when she dies in a drunk driving accident leaving the reception.

Could there be a worse feeling than the realization that the drunk driver was her new spouse? Perhaps only the guilt felt by the husband himself.

It may sound like an overly dramatic tale, but it happened right here in Georgia in December 2013.

After leaving their wedding festivities in Ball Ground, the couple’s sports car veered off the road and rolled down an embankment, ejecting the newlywed and killing her. The husband, Ryan Quinton, was arrested on charges of DUI, first degree vehicular homicide, laying drag, reckless driving and failure to maintain his lane. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab determined Quinton’s blood-alcohol level was 0.114. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08. This month, Quinton pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. Interestingly, he was also arrested for drunken driving in May 2014 and pleaded guilty in that case as well.

Not a Freak Accident

Mr. Quinton is not alone. In fact, the statistics are staggering. Every day in America, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times. Yet, fewer than 4,000 are arrested. Approximately 28 people die daily as a result of drunk driving crashes, and drunk driving costs the United States $199 billion a year. In 2012, more than 10,300 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.

These alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States. Here in Georgia, around 30,000 people are convicted of DUI every year.

The data clearly shows that it is impossible to drive responsibly after drinking. Yet, thousands of people every day make the poor decision to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol – and they ruin innocent people’s lives in the process as well as their own.

As a personal injury firm with more than 50 years of experience in the state of Georgia, we have helped countless people involved in DUI/DWI crashes. To get started, call the Mann Law Firm at (478) 742-3381. You can also fill out this online form to discuss the details of your accident and find out your rights. If you have a claim, you can trust that you will have a knowledgeable attorney on your side.