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.
Last week, it was reported that another NFL player has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk in Georgia. Police in Lincolnton reported that on Feb. 23, Brandon Barden of the Tennessee Titans had crashed his truck while he was driving with two passengers.
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.
Minor traffic accidents happen every day in Georgia. When no one is seriously injured in a crash, motorists are usually able to simply exchange insurance information and continue on with their days as planned.
When Athens-Clarke County Police conduct traffic stops, they are not only informing drivers that they have violated traffic laws or that their vehicles' lights might not be working properly, officers will also be looking for and documenting any type of suspicious activity or physical signs that a driver may be impaired.
The national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign has ended. The total number of DUI arrests resulting from added patrols and checkpoints in Georgia through Labor Day has not yet been reported, but it is likely that the campaign resulted in dozens of drunk driving arrests over the past several days.
Over the weekend, a local woman was pulled over by an Athens-Clarke County Police officer after the officer allegedly saw the woman's vehicle drift in and out of her lane of traffic several times. The woman was later charged with DUI.
After having been wrongly accused of committing a serious offense in Georgia such as driving under the influence of alcohol, an individual may certainly be relieved when evidence can prove that he or she was not driving drunk or that an arrest was not conducted lawfully. Unfortunately, it can take days, weeks or months in some cases before an individual's name will be cleared of DUI charges.
A 30-year-old woman was arrested last week because she had difficulty balancing while walking heel to toe in a straight line for officers who had asked the woman to take a field sobriety test. An Athens-Clarke County Police report states that officers had reason to suspect that the woman had been driving under the influence of drugs.
As we mentioned earlier this week on our Athens DUI law blog, drowsy drivers could easily be mistaken for drunk drivers on our Georgia roads and wrongly arrested for DUI.