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.
Police in Clarke County say a man fabricated an armed robbery story in an ill conceived effort to avoid another drunk driving charge. The incident dates back to a Saturday in April. Apparently, the 21-year-old man has a prior DUI in Georgia. While it remains to be seen if prosecutors will seek drunk driving charges against him, he is facing a misdemeanor count of falsely reported a crime.According to Athens-Clarke police, the man wove a detailed story of a robbery. He claims to have driven with friends to a local fast food restaurant and when the friends left to chat with some girls, he was accosted by a man that entered his truck. Supposedly, the man grabbed an unloaded gun that had been wedged between the console and a front seat, loaded it and robbed the driver. However, authorities say they questioned the account immediately.
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.
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.
Most drivers in Georgia have heard about the dangers of driving while using a cellphone or other handheld device. Even more have heard of the dangers of drinking and driving. A recent DUI arrest is highlighting the risk of doing both at the same time - but maybe not in the way readers might think. A man in Hawaii was charged with drunk driving last month after he took a video of himself drinking what appeared to be alcohol while operating a vehicle. He then posted the video online. A number of viewers saw the video, and then passed it on to law enforcement officials.