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March 2011 Archives

Teenage DUI offenders face serious consequences in Georgia

Underage drinking is against the law. So is drinking and driving. The combination of the two can have serious long-term repercussions. With prom season just around the corner, the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety warned student drivers and their parents of the serious consequences that underage drinking and driving can have.

Suspension of driver's license out of state could follow you home

When you are pulled over by law enforcement and ticketed for a traffic violation or arrested for driving under the influence, if you are far from home you might wonder how the violation will impact your driving record in your home state. A recent article in Fox Business discusses how different violations in different states across the country can impact your insurance rates, driving record, and validity of your driver's license.

U.S. commercial pilot indicted on charges of driving under the influence

Whenever you are behind the wheel of some kind of vehicle, you can be charged with driving that mode of transport while under the influence of alcohol. Even a horse, apparently, as covered in a previous post. This blog has covered the gamut of DUI charges, but never charges related to piloting a plane while intoxicated.

Georgia police officer injured in DUI hit-and-run

St. Patrick's Day was doubtless the time of many celebrations and parties involving green beer and other forms of alcohol. Along with the festivities, there were also undoubtedly arrests for driving under the influence. There was increased law enforcement on the roads in Georgia over the St. Patrick's Day holiday, which likely led to increased DUI arrests, but also was a dangerous job for some officers.

Avoid a DUI arrest this St. Patrick's Day

The editorial staff of the student newspaper of Armstrong Atlantic State University, The Inkwell, penned an editorial recently to remind students not to drive while under the influence during the upcoming St. Patrick's Day and spring break festivities. According to The Inkwell, 31 percent of traffic fatalities in Georgia over the last two years involved an alcohol-impaired driver.

Happy St. Patrick's Day -- have a safe one!

St. Patrick's Day is next Thursday, and in anticipation of the holiday, the director of the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Harris Blackwood, penned a column in the Coastal Courier reminding people to play it safe and to not rely on 'luck' to get them home. Blackwood reminds readers that Georgia law enforcement is working under Operation Zero Tolerance and anyone who is arrested for DUI will go to jail. There will likely be extra law enforcement on the roads looking for impaired drivers.

GA Senate passes bill to charge illegal immigrants with felony for first-time DUI

The Georgia Senate passed a bill on Thursday that targets illegal immigrants who are arrested for and convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The bill, Senate Bill 162, would make a first-time DUI offense a felony if committed by an illegal immigrant. Normally in Georgia, a first-time DUI offense is a misdemeanor charge.

Have a safe and fun spring break in March!

March is the month when many college students, high school students or families take spring break. This much-needed break from school or work can involve a relaxing "stay-cation" spent at home or a trip elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad. Either way, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers health and safety tips on its website for individuals and families to stay safe while still having a good time on spring break.

Christina Aguilera arrested for drunkenness

Christina Aguilera was arrested for drunkenness after the car she was riding in was pulled over by law enforcement officers. The singer's boyfriend, who was driving the car, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police officers said that Aguilera was "extremely intoxicated" when they pulled her over near the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.