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Athens GA DUI Law Blog

Is living in a sober dorm a good idea for college students?

Although it's still the height of summer, it won't be long before students will be streaming in to the University of Georgia, ready to begin the fall semester.

Whether you are returning from summer break or about to start your first semester, a number of students — and their parents — make the decision that living in a sober dorm during their college years is a good idea. Could this be a wise option for you or your child?

What do you know about college drinking?

If you are a student at a university, chances are quite good that you have had at least some experience with alcohol. Even if you don't drink, it's likely that you have seen roommates or dorm neighbors under the influence or dealing with hangover effects.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 80 percent of students enrolled in college consume alcohol. Of that total, roughly half binge drink.

A DWI conviction has long-term consequences

To be young is to be carefree, and part of the follies of youth means making mistakes. However, when those mistakes include an arrest for driving while intoxicated, the consequences can be far-reaching and serious.

There are possible immediate repercussions for a DWI conviction, which may include fines, jail time, the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle and/or the suspension or revocation of your driving privileges. All of those are negative and burdensome and should be avoided at all costs.

100 days of summer a dangerous time for teens

Have you heard of the "100 days of summer" between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day? This period has the reputation for being the most dangerous time of year for teenagers who drive.

In one four-year period, over 5,000 motorists and passengers died in collisions with teen drivers during those 100 days, according to AAA said today. One study commissioned by the Foundation for Traffic Safety indicated that almost 60 percent of accidents involving teenagers was tied to distracted driving. AAA stated that in the past half decade, the number of accidents where teen drivers were involved shot up 16 percent eacj day during the 100 days.

What factors affect my blood alcohol level?

Some people who get charged with driving while intoxicated are surprised that their blood alcohol levels are over the limit because they claim not to have felt the effects of impairment. Is it possible to be considered legally drunk yet still appear to be sober?

It certainly is, and here's why. Just as there are other factors that can affect a person's performance and actions when they are drinking alcohol, those who have high functional tolerance toward alcohol can be considered legally impaired before they ever feel the physical effects from the alcohol they consumed.

Is your teen safe during prom season?

Parents may remember their proms with fondness, but the fact remains that teens today are at higher risk of getting into a collision during the final three months of the school year — April, May and June.

Approximately a third of the teens who die from incidents involving alcohol die during what is generally thought of as prom and graduation season, a time when alcohol and other drugs may be used by underage minors.

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."