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Underage DUI Archives

What are the consequences for using a fake ID?

Although arriving at the legal drinking age of 21 might seem like light years away, you don't want to let your sense of urgency to be able to legally purchase alcohol cloud your ability to exercise sound judgment. Just like drinking and driving, using a fake ID can have longstanding consequences for your life, especially when as it relates to putting your future livelihood at risk.

Underage drivers should be taught about the dangers of DUIs

There are many college and high school students who live in or visit Athens, Georgia (Clarke County). Some of them, unfortunately, engage in underage drinking. When they drink and drive, those students may find themselves facing DUI charges and in need of legal defense.

Simulator shows students impact of alcohol, texting on driving

With college students on spring break around the country and St. Patrick's Day coming up, Albany State University recently offered a program called Arrive Alive. It uses simulators and other tools to show college students what can happen if they are impaired or distracted while driving.

Why parents are installing ignition interlock devices in cars

Ignition interlock devices are often ordered for people who have been convicted of one or more DUIs in order for offenders to get their driver's licenses back. IIDs are essentially Breathalyzers connected to the ignition that determine whether drivers have alcohol on their breath. If they do, their vehicles won't start.

Utility pole severely damaged in Georgia DUI crash

A 20-year-old man allegedly crashed his car into a utility pole on Waugh Street near Dalton High School around 5 a.m. on Sept. 18. The man reportedly tried to run away, but he was later apprehended by authorities. Police say that he was treated for minor injuries before being taken into custody on a drunk driving charge as well as for driving on a suspended license.

Drivers under 21 subject to zero tolerance laws

Georgia residents might be aware that it is illegal for people under the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle with even a trace of alcohol in their system. According to what is known as a zero tolerance law, drivers under the age of 21 may be detained on DUI charges if their blood alcohol content is .02 percent or greater. This is a significantly lower threshold than the legal limit for drivers 21 and over, which is .08 percent. In some cases, consuming a single glass of wine may be enough to reach a blood alcohol content level of .02 percent.

Georgia woman in wrong-way accident accused of underage DUI

A Cobb County woman was detained in connection with a July 19 accident that resulted in serious injuries to two individuals. According to her arrest warrant, the 18-year-old reportedly informed officials that she consumed alcohol at a party prior to the incident. The report says that she drove a 2002 Nissan Maxima in the wrong direction on Interstate 575 and hit a 2005 Ford Focus head-on. Officials at the scene noted an odor of alcohol on the woman.

19-year-old man faces DUI following traffic stop

Georgia students who are concerned about the effect that a drunk driving charge could have on their academic and career prospects may be interested in a case involving a 19-year-old motorist who was taken into custody in Conyers in June. News reports indicate that the man is facing an underage DUI charge following a traffic stop on Honey Creek Road near a local high school.