The motorist accused of causing a bus accident just before Christmas that injured at least 12 people has been charged with DUI and felony hit and run. She is also likely to face additional criminal charges. On the 23rd of December, Wilson was driving a Honda Accord that rear ended a bus carrying 13 adults with developmental needs to an art class in Houchston. The impact caused the bus driver to lose control of the bus. All passengers were injured, and three suffered critical injuries.
A preliminarily hearing was held on the 7th of January. For these injured victims, Christmas was a terrifying time, especially for the three who suffered life threatening injuries. For Atlanta Drunk Driving Accident lawyers, it was also a rude wakeup call to the fact that intoxicated drivers continue to be a major issue on Georgia's roads. While there is much to be thankful for in the dramatically lowered DUI fatality rates in Georgia over the past few years, there still remains a lot that can be done to save lives and prevent injuries.
Much has been done to minimize repeat DUI offenses. In 2008, Georgia passed stronger laws against DUI by increasing the "look back" period to 10 years. Earlier, only drivers who had a prior DUI offense in the previous 5 years could be charged with a repeat offense. The new law increased that period to 10 years. Georgia also requires an ignition interlock device to be installed in the vehicle of a person convicted for a second drunk driving offense.