Drinking and driving is a serious crime in the state of Georgia. As a result, even individuals who are charged with first-offense DUI could face serious consequences such as a lengthy license suspension or jail time. Additionally, a DUI arrest could have a significant impact on the lives of college students who are beginning to look for jobs after they graduate this year.
A senior at the University of Georgia may certainly be questioning her decision to drive Friday morning after she allegedly had one too many drinks and was arrested by University police for DUI. She and other students who have been in her position may understand that they should not have been operating a vehicle after drinking, but it is important that these individuals also understand that they need to protect their rights in order to preserve their reputations as they head into the workforce and begin to start their careers as young professionals.
According to University of Georgia police, the 21-year-old woman was pulled over shortly before 2 a.m. on Jan. 6 after police reported that the woman's tail lights were not on. While an officer was speaking with the student during the traffic stop, he noticed that her breath smelled of alcohol.
The student told the officer that she only had one drink several hours before driving. However, the officer also noted that the woman's eyes were glassy, so he asked her to take a field sobriety test.
The woman failed the test and was taken to Clarke County Jail. She took a breathalyzer test which revealed that her blood alcohol level was .132. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08. She was charged with first-offense DUI.
Source: The Red and Black, "Student arrested for DUI, bac of .132g," Sarah Giarratana, Jan. 6, 2012