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May 2011 Archives

Georgia police will be looking for drunk drivers over long weekend

Georgia law enforcement officers will be out in full force over the long holiday weekend. Memorial Day weekend officially started on Friday afternoon at 6 p.m. and will continue through Monday at midnight, according to the perspective of law enforcement officers.

Saturday's Good Samaritan accident in Smyrna results in DUI arrest

When a Good Samaritan stopped to help a wrecked motorist in Smyrna on Saturday, he didn't expect to have to throw himself off of a bridge to avoid a second wreck. The 36-year-old man from Mableton is a bona fide hero -- the kind of hero that makes a great story.

Georgia police to start crackdown on DUI, speeding and seat belts

A drunken driving charge is a very serious situation which could lead to fines or even jail time. Along with the social stigma that a Georgia DUI arrest may bring, motorists may also face driving restrictions or a revoked license. The severity of a DUI punishment depends on a variety of factors including the blood-alcohol content of a motorist and whether the alleged drunk driving resulted in a car accident.

DUI and drug courts celebrated in Georgia and nation during May

May is National Drug Court Month and is coordinated by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP). This year's theme for the month is "Drug Courts: A Proven Budget Solution." There are 2,500 Drug Courts across the country. The courts take a different approach for prosecuting people for crimes like drug possession or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If a person charged with the DUI or drug crime has an underlying addiction, the special court tries to address that underlying problem rather than simply sentencing the defendant to jail.

Lindsay Lohan sentenced to jail for again violating probation

Lindsay Lohan was sentenced on Wednesday to 120 days in jail for violating her probation after pleading no contest to the theft of a necklace. Lohan is still on probation related to arrests on suspicion of driving under the influence in 2007. Lohan's attorney entered the no contest plea on her behalf, as Lohan was not in court. The plea does not include an admission of guilt, but it is a conviction.

Man on riding lawnmower charged with DUI

A man was charged last weekend with driving under the influence after police found him allegedly driving his riding lawnmower while under the influence of alcohol. This is a new one for the blog, which has covered driving cars, trucks and boats while intoxicated, riding bikes and wheelchairs and even a horse while intoxicated, but never mowing the lawn while intoxicated. This man was arrested over the weekend after a neighbor reportedly called police apparently worried for the 53-year-old man's safety.

Derek Lowe charged with DUI in Georgia

The starting pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, Derek Lowe, was arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of driving under the influence. He has been charged with DUI. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Lowe was pulled over on Thursday night around 10 p.m. after Georgia State Patrol troopers reportedly saw his Porsche racing with another vehicle on Peachtree Road.

Rick Springfield arrested for DUI

Rick Springfield was arrested on Sunday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Springfield formerly played Dr. Noah Drake on "General Hospital" and is also the singer of the hit song "Jessie's Girl." Earlier on that same day, Springfield had been promoting his recently released autobiography, "Late, Late at Night" at the Festival of Books in Los Angeles.