Reporters for the University of Georgia's independent student newspaper did some digging around and discovered that in just five recent checkpoints conducted by Athens-Clarke County police more than a dozen DUI arrests were made. More than 1,200 drivers were pulled over during the stops, which are conducted at random and in various locations throughout the year in the Athens-Clarke County area.
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.
As discussed in the previous post, a recent article in the Times-Georgian discusses the debate for and against DUI checkpoints in Georgia and around the U.S. Law enforcement officers say that the checkpoints help keep people who are driving under the influence off the roads and also catch people who are driving with a revoked or suspended driver's license. In the course of the checkpoint, people are also arrested for drug possession or outstanding warrants, or cited for seat belt and child safety seat violations, among other citations.
A recent article in the Times-Georgian discusses the debate around DUI checkpoints in Georgia and around the U.S. Law enforcement agencies generally are in favor of the sobriety checkpoints because they say they result in many DUI arrests, but others wonder question whether they are the most effective use of officers' time and resources.
On Monday, Faith Evans pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor DUI charges. The singer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence last August at a DUI checkpoint in California. Her car was impounded and she was released the next morning.
Law enforcement officials are promising to be a heavy presence on roadways and waterways this Labor Day weekend. Spencer Moore, deputy director of the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, said that law enforcement across Georgia and North Carolina are banding together again for the 19th annual Hands Across the Border checkpoint.
Labor Day is less than three weeks away. This national holiday has one of the highest associated rates of travel, as well as drunk driving arrests. State Patrol officers and local police will undoubtedly be out in full force expecting to catch people who choose to drink and drive in Georgia over the holiday.