An Atlanta City councilwoman who was arrested last week for allegedly driving drunk has reported that she will not let the arrest affect her ability and desire "to work hard for the citizens." Cleta Winslow has held her council position since 1993. She told reporters after her arrest that she will not let the arrest get in her way of running for re-election.
Georgia readers may recall reading about a state lawmaker's efforts to extend the war against drugs and drunk driving into the welfare arena. The lawmaker, state House Rep. Chuck Simms, wanted welfare recipients to be subject to certain chemical testing requirements, perhaps at periodic intervals.
Earlier this week on our Athens, Georgia, DUI defense law blog, we had mentioned that folks may face DUI charges even when they are not pulled over during traffic stops.
Earlier this year on our Athens, Georgia, DUI defense law blog, we had mentioned that Athens-Clarke County Police reported that they had arrested U.S. Rep. John Barrow's son for allegedly driving under the influence and possessing a small amount of marijuana. The 18-year-old has reportedly been arrested two more times here in Athens this month for alcohol-related offenses.
When nature calls and there is no restroom nearby, some Athens residents or college students might be desperate enough to do their business in a somewhat secluded location in public in order to avoid the embarrassment of not making it to the restroom in time. But when someone decides to urinate in public in front of others, an already awkward situation may become even more embarrassing for folks if it results in an arrest.
According to reports, an actor from "CSI: NY" was arrested last month for allegedly driving drunk. Athens residents usually hear of celebrity DUI arrests within a few hours or days of the incidents taking place since celebrity arrests are often highly publicized and involve some sort of outlandish behavior, but the "CSI: NY" actor's arrest, which occurred about two weeks ago, was fairly uneventful.
In Georgia, drivers who are 21 and older may be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol when they have a blood alcohol reading of 0.08. The legal limit is not the same for underage drivers, though, since it is illegal for folks to consume alcohol when they are younger than 21. Therefore, drivers younger than the age of 21 may be charged with underage DUI for having a blood alcohol reading of only 0.02 in Georgia.
The best thing Georgia residents can do to avoid a DUI conviction is to avoid the possibility of being arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol. However, if Georgia residents do drive after drinking too many beers at the bar with friends and still make it home safely without running into any legal trouble, the next best thing folks can do -- in addition to not making the same mistake again -- is to avoid posting about one's poor decision on Facebook or any other social media site.
Although some cities and counties in Georgia reported fewer DUI arrests during the recent New Year's holiday compared to the previous year, overall, police reported more DUI arrests throughout the entire state over the recent New Year's holiday compared to last year.
Charges of driving under the influence of alcohol can have far-reaching consequences for folks in Georgia, especially when one's DUI arrest is highly publicized.