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Athens GA DUI Law Blog

Why driving the morning after Valentine's Day may not be wise

Drivers who plan to have a drink or two on Valentine's Day with their significant other should arrange for a way to get home safely. Whether it means ordering a limo or scheduling an Uber, this will let you celebrate without risking your safety (or anyone else's) to get home.

However, since Valentine's Day falls in the middle of the week this year, many folks will be headed back to work the next morning. This "morning after" driving can be dangerous as well -- and can land you in jail with a DUI.

An Athens helmet law stop results in a man's drunk driving arrest

An astute Athens Police Officer decided to pull over a male scooter driver on Wednesday, Jan. 24 after noticing that his female passenger wasn't wearing a helmet in accordance with Georgia state law.

Soon after the pair was detained, officers approached the bike and asked its operator for identification. The incident report in the matter states that officers became suspicious of motorist as he was taking a long time to locate and turn over his license. When he eventually handed it over, police discovered that it had been suspended.

Alcohol and Adderall: A popular but dangerous combination

Many kids are prescribed Adderall to treat ADHD and other attention deficit disorders. Some continue using it in college, finding that it helps them focus on studying and staying awake longer.

Unfortunately, some college students find that Adderall not only helps them study longer, but party longer. Drinking alcohol if you are taking Adderall can have lethal effects.

DUI arrests have dropped in Georgia -- but not fatalities

The number of arrests in Georgia for driving under the influence has dropped by almost 50 percent since 2008. That amounts to nearly 50,000 fewer arrests. DUI arrests by the Atlanta Police Department (APD) have dropped by more than a quarter since 2015.

Unfortunately, the number of DUI-related fatalities in our state hasn't had a steady decline in that time. Georgia is among the states with the highest number of DUI fatalities.

Basketball player's drunk driving plea deal restricts travel

A drunk driving-related charge can have a multitude of consequences on a person's life, even if that person doesn't have to spend time behind bars. For one pro basketball player known to many Georgia basketball fans, his plea agreement means that he won't be able to leave the state where he now lives for 25 days and will miss three away games.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who played for the University of Georgia before being drafted into the pros, was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence (OWI) in March when he was playing for the Detroit Pistons. He entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge, was placed on a 12-month probation and was ordered not to leave Michigan. Under the National Basketball Association's substance abuse policy, he was suspended for the first two games of the current season.

Colleges partnering with beer companies to sell at college games

Problems arising from the presence of alcohol on college campuses, often in copious amounts, have made headlines in recent years. Nonetheless, some universities throughout the country -- including a number in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) -- have begun selling beer at their football games.

In fact, some schools have even signed contracts with brewing companies to make special beers for them. These partnerships have something for both the beer makers and the schools. They seek to improve the stagnating market for beer by attracting younger customers and to improve school spirit, support and attendance at games. Schools also get a portion of the profits.

Your first DUI in Georgia: What happens to your driver's license?

All Georgia motorists agree to abide by the state's implied consent law when they first receive their driver's license. This entitles any law enforcement officer that suspects that you're operating a vehicle while intoxicated to conduct necessary chemical testing to find out for sure if you are.

Any motorist that refuses to participate in testing will automatically have their Georgia driver's license suspended for an entire year. If you're later convicted of your first driving under the influence (DUI) charge, then you will become ineligible for a limited permit if you apply for one.

The link between underage drinking, sex and assault

When parents talk to their kids about drinking, their conversations often revolve around the dangers of driving under the influence, binge drinking and the illegality of underage drinking. There are parents who believe that as long as they don't allow kids (theirs or others) to drive home intoxicated, they're being responsible.

Some parents don't have a problem with their kids having a few drinks at a party as long as they don't get behind the wheel afterwards. They figure that all kids do it, and they want to be the cool, accepting parents. Other parents are simply in denial that their teens are drinking, especially if they're young. However, studies show that kids often have their first drink at 13.

All alcohol related charges must be handled carefully

Drunk driving charges are serious matters for anyone. We recently discussed the seriousness of underage drinking in this state, but this is only one of the possible cases in which alcohol consumption can have an impact on people.

One thing that is important to remember is that if you are going to party with friends, you need to make sure you do so responsibly. If you are under the legal drinking age, you should avoid alcohol because the charges that can come with underage drinking can have serious consequences.

Study: Many teens are abstaining from alcohol

Parents with kids in high school and college will likely be happy to hear about a recently-released study that found that many teens are not indulging in alcohol consumption. Many teens have said that they're more focused on school and eventually a good career. They say that drinking could reroute them from their goals. As one 14-year-old put it, "If I focus on alcohol, I'm not going to focus on my career."

Their parents, who grew up some thirty years ago when the dangers of alcohol weren't as widely-known or discussed, may find it hard to believe that their kids aren't surrounded by friends and classmates who are drinking. However, it's important to understand that they may have greater access to other mind-altering substances, like marijuana.