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.
Earlier this year on our Athens, Georgia, DUI law blog, we had mentioned that as of Jan. 1, two-time DUI offenders may be granted restricted driving privileges in Georgia after having their licenses suspended for 120 days. However, those who are convicted of a second DUI must first complete a substance abuse treatment program and agree to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles for at least eight months in order to be able to drive again shortly after a repeat DUI conviction.
According to reports, an Alpharetta City councilman was pulled over in Georgia on Feb. 23 for driving with a child who was not properly restrained in the vehicle. The traffic stop resulted in more than a citation for not properly restraining a child passenger, though.
Last week, Athens-Clarke police attempted to conduct a normal traffic stop after receiving several calls from witnesses who claimed that they had seen a motorist operating his vehicle in a reckless and dangerous manner.
It was reported earlier this week that an NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys was arrested for allegedly driving drunk. Just over a month ago, Cowboys player Josh Brent was accused of driving drunk and causing a car accident that resulted in the death of a fellow teammate.
Over the weekend, police arrested an Athens man after they suspected the man of drinking and driving. Police said that the man was pulled over after he failed to stop for a stop sign.
New Year's Day is almost here, which means many folks in Athens might be getting ready to go out this evening to celebrate the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013.
In Georgia, an individual who is initially pulled over by police for failing to turn on his or her vehicle's lights or for speeding could quickly be suspected of drunk driving if police happen to see that a driver's eyes are bloodshot or when police happen to notice that a driver is having a little trouble finding his or her driver's license in one's wallet.
When someone is accused of DUI in Athens, the individual may certainly be worried about facing serious legal penalties for his or her mistake, such as losing one's driving privileges and having a criminal conviction on one's record. But folks are often equally worried about the shame and embarrassment that also comes with a DUI arrest.
Over the weekend, a former Atlanta Falcons player was arrested and charged with DUI. Just a couple of weeks ago, a current player for the Falcons was also arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Georgia.