Athens-Clarke County Police reported that a University of Georgia student was arrested over the weekend for allegedly driving drunk. The student was arrested after an off-duty officer called police to report a suspected drunk driver.
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 a drunk driver causes an accident in Athens resulting in serious injuries or death, the driver may be forced to face consequences that he or she never imagined facing.
Parents in Athens and throughout Georgia may have already discussed the consequences and dangers of underage drinking and binge drinking with their kids, but a new report suggests that parents may need to do more than just warn their kids not to drink alcohol until they are legally able to do so.
Before the start of the New Year, we had mentioned on our Athens, Georgia, DUI defense law blog that penalties for convicted drunk drivers would change in the state as of Jan. 1. One change included reducing the number of days repeat offenders must wait before reapplying for a driving permit after having their licenses suspended as a result of a repeat DUI conviction.
Athens residents may understand that getting behind the wheel of a vehicle is dangerous and illegal after drinking too much alcohol. But not all folks associate the same dangers of drinking and driving with drinking and operating a boat. Folks may not think that operating a boat while drinking alcohol is as dangerous as drinking and driving because Georgia laws have allowed boaters to consume more alcohol than drivers of vehicles.
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.