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June 2013 Archives

College student arrested and charged with DUI by UGA officer

College students sometimes find themselves in a difficult circumstance with regard to alcohol. On the one hand, many are technically adults. On the other hand, if they are under the age of 21, they could face the threat of DUI underage alcohol charges under some circumstances.

Woman charged after deadly auto accident; DUI first offense?

According to police, a 57-year-old man was walking across Highway 84 East when a car hit him, causing fatal injuries. Immediately after the accident, which happened last October, the 47-year-old woman whose vehicle struck the man fled the scene. However, she came back 20 minutes later and was arrested for unspecified drunk driving allegations that may have included DUI first offense.

Man faces DUI charges after fleeing from a police car accident

Individuals from all walks of life can suddenly find themselves in a difficult situation with the law. It does not matter if someone is a priest, a judge, a celebrity, a mother of three children, or if he or she lives permanently in Georgia. If a police officer pulls that person's car over and the officer believes he or she is guilty of a DUI, there exists the danger of stiff legal penalties and the possibility of jail time.

Young Georgia man arrested for DUI and other serious charges

Adolescence is a crucial time in a person's life. It is a time where many important decisions need to be made; some of these are smart, and some are not so smart. Regardless, the decisions one makes as a young adult will affect one for the rest of one's life. Adolescence is usually when people begin consuming alcohol, which often leads to poor decision making. A Georgia young adult from Muscogee County has been arrested and charged with DUI and other serious charges after a morning of what authorities assert were poor choices.

Georgia woman charged with DUI, 6 children in car

Drunk driving is an extremely dangerous occurrence, in Georgia or elsewhere. Alcohol impairs judgment and slows reaction times. On top of putting one's self in danger, drunk driving endangers other drivers and pedestrians, as well as passengers in the driver's own car. A woman from Gwinnett County was arrested and charged with DUI and child endangerment because she was allegedly driving drunk and had six child passengers. Investigations are currently underway into the validity of the charges and the details of the case.

Man with driver's license suspension causes Georgia car accident?

Georgia authorities typically take the charge of driving without a valid license seriously, especially in the event that an accident with injuries occurs. Recently, police accused a 31-year-old man who was under a driver's license suspension of causing an accident that critically injured an off-duty MARTA police officer. The officer had reportedly been traveling northbound on Moreland Avenue in Atlanta when the 31-year-old driver heading in the opposite direction crossed over into his lane.

DUI charges against Brandon Barden dropped

Georgia sports fans may be familiar with Brandon Barden who is a tight end for the Titans. Back in February of this year, Barden was arrested after a single vehicle car accident. Barden's SUV ended up going into a ditch and rolled over. As a result, he was charged with DUI.

Should Georgia's DUI blood alcohol level be cut to .05 percent?

There is a move afoot to lower the threshold level for a DUI charge nationally from .08 percent to .05 percent. While each state sets its own standard, the federal National Transportation Safety Board has recommended the action, and it will likely be considered in Georgia as well as other jurisdictions. It took over two decades for the NTSB to convince states to lower the level from .10 percent to .08 percent, which was ultimately accomplished in 1982. Nevertheless, the NTSB argues that lowering the standard may be an important factor in limiting DUI related car accidents.