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Athens GA DUI Law Blog

Do you know the facts about underage drinking?

While everyone knows that the law forbids alcohol consumption by those under 21, 11 percent of the total alcohol that is consumed annually in the United States is drunk by those between the ages of 12 and 20. Even more frightening, over 90 percent of that amount is drunk during an episode of binge drinking. Read on to learn more about the perils of underage drinking.

-- Among young people in America, alcohol is the number one mind-altering substance that is used and/or abused.

Parent/Teen Safety Contracts wise for young drivers

Georgia teens are under enormous pressure from peers to engage in risky behaviors like drinking and driving, taking illegal drugs and using prescriptions medicine not prescribed to them or unsafe doses of their own medications. Parents struggle with the responsibilities of helping teens navigate these dangerous shoals.

One useful tactic for encouraging responsible driving by teens is by implementing an agreement between teen drivers and their parents. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety suggests using these agreements as safety contracts once the teens aren't restricted to only driving with another adult in the vehicle.

State sponsored programs for young adult drivers

The state of Georgia sponsors the Georgia Young Adult Program to promote awareness and education regarding highway safety issues. The program focuses on impaired driving, underage drinking and destructive decisions, as well as other high-risk behaviors.

The aim of the program is to reduce the frequency of accidents involving injuries and fatalities. Motor vehicle collisions are the chief cause of death in the United States for those between 18 and 24. Universities and colleges all over Georgia target students in that age group using peer educators to reduce risky driving and drinking behaviors.

Traffic stop yields arrest for out of state driver

When most people travel out of town, whether it is on a getaway vacation or to visit friends and family living out of state, they rarely consider the possibility of winding up behind bars.

Yet this actually occurs rather frequently, and there is even a sarcastic saying that arose from the phenomenon: "Go on vacation, leave on probation."

Bars, patrons busted in underage raid

Last month, the state Revenue Department issued compliance-related administrative citations to multiple bars in downtown Athens. Operatives and agents entered 26 clubs and checked IDs.

Four establishments were cited for providing alcohol to underage drinkers, and 11 patrons were issued citations in six different clubs. Of that total, 10 were charged with being unable to produce valid identification. All arrested individuals were between 17 and 20 years old, police reports indicate.

Fight DUI charges aggressively

If you are a college student, it seems as if the world is your oyster, with good times and many potential opportunities awaiting you. But all of that can change if you rack up a conviction for driving under the influence.

There are many negative repercussions that can accompany a DUI conviction. For one thing, they are expensive. Esurance provided estimates to show just how much a single first offense can cost someone — $9,000 was the ballpark figure you could be hit with if you get caught drinking and driving.

Are you a candidate for medical amnesty?

Have you ever been in a situation where you hesitated to seek help for someone who had over-imbibed alcohol or ingested too many drugs and was in danger of overdosing? You wanted to get them immediate medical assistance, but didn't want to wind up arrested yourself.

Such is frequently the case with underage drinking and drug use by those of any age. Nobody wants to just stand by and watch a friend die needlessly, and under Georgia law, they can avoid prosecution by invoking medical amnesty.

Don't get caught as a 'SuperSpeeder'

Georgia has a "SuperSpeeder Law" on its books that fines drivers extra if they exceed 75 mph on two-lane highways or drive faster than 85 mph on highways or other roads.

The additional $200 fees are tacked onto whatever other fees are charged by the courts having jurisdiction over the area where the speeding took place. Those who neglect to pay the "SuperSpeeder" fees get another $50 tacked onto the already high fine and get their driver's license suspended.

Arrested for DUI over the holidays?

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has a strong message for drivers over the holidays — "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." Recognizing that this period is fraught with additional risk of accidents and injuries (or even deaths), police throughout the state are out in force over this extended holiday weekend as part of a national safety campaign.

Last year, over the holidays from Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. to 12 midnight on Dec. 28, 14 individuals lost their lives in wrecks during that 102-hour period. Statistics for the state of Georgia in the year 2014 showed that 165 people died in 8,931 accidents involving alcohol and another 5,250 were injured.

Busted for open container? Call us!

People often erroneously believe that as long as they are not the driver of the vehicle, they are free to consume alcoholic beverages while riding in an automobile. However, doing so is a violation of Georgia's open container law.

As defined by state law, an "open alcoholic beverage container" is a can, bottle or other vessel containing any alcoholic beverage with either the seal broken or missing some of the contents.Not only are passengers not allowed to drink or possess open alcoholic beverages while riding in vehicles, it is possible to be charged with an open container violation while walking on the sidewalk with an open beer, or in some circumstances, even while hanging out in the common areas of apartment complexes.