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Georgia man charged with DUI after early morning accident

Police in Georgia believe that a 30-year-old man was driving under the influence when he was involved in a two-vehicle crash that left a Savannah woman critically injured in the early morning hours of Sept. 22. The man has been charged with DUI, and he was transported to the Chatham County Detention Center after receiving medical treatment in Savannah. The accident occurred on the Abercorn Street Extension near Rio Road in Savannah at approximately 2:05 a.m.

According to a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police report, the man's SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed as it approached a construction zone in the westbound lanes of the Abercorn Extension. Police say that the SUV struck a number of barrels, which had been placed in the roadway to close off the outer lanes, before striking the rear of the woman's car. The force of the impact turned the car sideways and propelled it into a steamroller. Construction workers subsequently stopped the SUV.

DUI Less Safe and DUI Per Se in Georgia

Many Georgia residents believe that they have nothing to fear from the police if they are driving with a blood alcohol level lower than the state's .08 percent limit, but that may not always be the case. While driving with a blood alcohol level above the limit could lead to a DUI Per Se charge, a count of DUI Less Safe could be leveled against a motorist even if they have a blood alcohol level below .08 percent.

Georgia law forbids the operation of a motor vehicle when the driver is impaired to the point that their driving would be less safe. This charge may be filed when an apparently intoxicated motorist refuses to submit to a toxicology test or clearly demonstrates that their driving is impaired even when such a test finds their blood alcohol level to be below the .08 percent limit. However, the majority of DUI Less Safe charges are filed against drivers pulled over by a Georgia State Patrol task force known as the Nighthawks.

Utility pole severely damaged in Georgia DUI crash

A 20-year-old man allegedly crashed his car into a utility pole on Waugh Street near Dalton High School around 5 a.m. on Sept. 18. The man reportedly tried to run away, but he was later apprehended by authorities. Police say that he was treated for minor injuries before being taken into custody on a drunk driving charge as well as for driving on a suspended license.

It was not reported what led police to believe that the man was intoxicated. They also claim that the man was speeding when he crashed into the pole. Traffic had to be closed on Waugh Street after the accident occurred and once again several hours later to allow crews to repair the pole.

4 injured in Georgia DUI accident

A 75-year-old Georgia man is being charged in an accident that happened on Sept. 11 around 8 p.m. According to police, the man was driving a Buick LeSabre along Long Branch Road in northeast Georgia when he crossed the center line and crashed into a Volkswagen Jetta.

The Jetta was hit head-on, and its 19-year-old driver was later flown to Atlanta Medical Center for his injuries. The two passengers were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center while the Buick driver was taken to Gainesville for treatment. All of the individuals were described as having injuries that were not life-threatening. Of the four, only one, a 20-year-old passenger in the Jetta, was wearing a seat belt. Authorities say they plan to charge the Buick driver with seat belt violation, DUI, two counts of felony serious injury by vehicle, driving on the wrong side of the roadway and failure to maintain a lane.

Teen facing charges for allegedly consuming alcohol at game

A Georgia teen is facing charges after an assistant principle notified law enforcement that the student was reportedly consuming alcohol at a football game. The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 12. A police officer, who was working security for the game, was notified of a teenager who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol by a school administrator.

The student was found near the restrooms, behind the stands, by the police officer, who detected the smell of alcohol on the teenager. The young man submitted to a breath test, which indicated a blood-alcohol level of .175. The youth is facing underage alcohol charges and was taken into custody by police.

Georgia driver accused of DUI after passing school bus

A a driver who allegedly jumped a curb in order to pass a school bus near a middle school is facing DUI charges. According to authorities, the incident was captured on the dashcam of a patrol vehicle of an officer with the Peachtree City Police Department who ultimately caught up with the driver and executed a traffic stop. Reportedly, the event took place while the bus was stopped at a light.

At the time of the incident, the school bus was full of children, authorities reported. In addition to DUI, the driver is facing other undisclosed charges. It was not clear immediately following the event how police determined that the driver was intoxicated. Nor was it immediately clear if police measured the blood alcohol content of the driver.

Man accused of DUI

A 33-year-old Georgia man has been accused of driving under the influence while he was reportedly on his way to a gun range. Sources say that the defendant was taken into custody after allegedly failing the field sobriety tests he was asked to undergo. He has been charged with DUI.

The incident reportedly occurred on Aug. 15. Witnesses are said to have called police to report a man with a gun near an Extended Stay Motel. Authorities contacted the man and found several weapons inside the trunk of his vehicle. Sources say that the man said he planned to pick a friend up and then go together to a gun range.

Understanding drivers license suspensions in Georgia

In the state of Georgia, there are two ways in which a driver's license may be suspended due to alcohol-related offenses. The first scenario involves a driver refusing to submit to a chemical test during or after being taken into custody for DUI. A second scenario in which this could occur is if a driver is convicted for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Drivers under the age of 21 may have their licenses suspended for several reasons. If such a driver is found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a license suspension may occur. Minors who use their license to attempt to purchase alcohol while underage could also lose driving privileges. Minors using a false identification or otherwise attempting to misrepresent their age could also be subject to such a penalty.

Drivers under 21 subject to zero tolerance laws

Georgia residents might be aware that it is illegal for people under the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle with even a trace of alcohol in their system. According to what is known as a zero tolerance law, drivers under the age of 21 may be detained on DUI charges if their blood alcohol content is .02 percent or greater. This is a significantly lower threshold than the legal limit for drivers 21 and over, which is .08 percent. In some cases, consuming a single glass of wine may be enough to reach a blood alcohol content level of .02 percent.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly one-third of all deaths among people between the ages of 15 and 20 come from automobile accidents. Moreover, approximately 35 percent of all traffic fatalities among people in that age range involve alcohol. In 1995, the federal government mandated that states implement zero tolerance laws. States that ignored the mandate would not receive federal highway money. Every state complied, including Georgia.

Georgia man charged with DUI after rollover accident

The Georgia State Patrol says that a 54-year-old man was driving under the influence when he lost control of his vehicle near Cave Spring on Aug. 25. State Troopers charged the man as he remained in the intensive care unit of the Atlanta Medical Center. He is facing counts of DUI, failing to maintain a single lane and not wearing a safety belt. The single-vehicle accident took place on Gadsden Road at approximately 9:30 p.m.

According to a GSP report, the man's pickup truck overturned in a drainage ditch in the vicinity of Rehoboth Road. He was partially ejected from his vehicle by the impact. Responding emergency service personnel said that the man was moving but unresponsive when they arrived at the scene.

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