Drunk driving is an extremely dangerous occurrence, in Georgia or elsewhere. Alcohol impairs judgment and slows reaction times. On top of putting one's self in danger, drunk driving endangers other drivers and pedestrians, as well as passengers in the driver's own car. A woman from Gwinnett County was arrested and charged with DUI and child endangerment because she was allegedly driving drunk and had six child passengers. Investigations are currently underway into the validity of the charges and the details of the case.
Georgia sports fans may be familiar with Brandon Barden who is a tight end for the Titans. Back in February of this year, Barden was arrested after a single vehicle car accident. Barden's SUV ended up going into a ditch and rolled over. As a result, he was charged with DUI.
There is a move afoot to lower the threshold level for a DUI charge nationally from .08 percent to .05 percent. While each state sets its own standard, the federal National Transportation Safety Board has recommended the action, and it will likely be considered in Georgia as well as other jurisdictions. It took over two decades for the NTSB to convince states to lower the level from .10 percent to .08 percent, which was ultimately accomplished in 1982. Nevertheless, the NTSB argues that lowering the standard may be an important factor in limiting DUI related car accidents.
In the summer of 2012, two tragic fatal boating accidents on Lake Lanier left Georgia stunned. They occurred less than three weeks apart and resulted in the death of three young boys. In the first incident, two brothers were killed by a drunk driver, and five more individuals were hurt. The tragedies have now spawned a new Georgia law to bring the permissible blood alcohol level while driving a boat in line with the state's DUI laws for those operating a motor vehicle on our roadways.
An 18-year-old Athens man was taken into custody after apparently losing control of his car and knocking down a portion of a fence at the North Campus of the University of Georgia. Police are charging him with improper driving and DUI involving drugs. No one was hurt in the accident, which occurred on a weekday a little before 1 a.m.
A Georgia politician from Atlanta recently ran afoul of the criminal justice system. Cleta Winslow has served on the City Council for about 20 years. Nevertheless, she was stopped by authorities on a local street on a Saturday night in May and formally charged with DUI.
If you have been reading our Athens, Georgia, DUI defense law blog for a while now, then you may be well aware that the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers in Georgia and throughout the U.S. is 0.08. This means that if you are pulled over by a police officer and suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, you may be asked to take field sobriety tests and a breath test.
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.
Even though a Georgia woman blew a zero when she was asked by police to take a breath test, police proceeded to arrest the woman. The woman, who is a teacher, was charged with DUI.
Last week, actress Reese Witherspoon and her husband James Toth were arrested in Georgia after a traffic stop. A Georgia State Patrol officer reported that he had stopped the couple in their vehicle after noticing that the driver of the vehicle had been weaving in and out of the correct traffic lane.