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How serious is a DUI conviction in Georgia?

Operating any motor vehicle comes with some risk. Because they are generally massive and moving at high speeds, vehicles have the potential to cause significant damage if they are handled poorly. To keep people as safe as possible, there are many laws that are designed to keep drivers attentive and alert.

Georgia woman charged with DUI and child endangerment

Authorities took a 35-year-old mother into custody on the morning of July 29 after a concerned Fulton County resident called about a suspicious vehicle. Police say that they discovered the Roswell woman passed out behind the wheel while breast feeding her 3-year-old child when they arrived at the scene. The woman is facing a number of charges including driving while under the influence and child endangerment.

Researchers cast doubt on Uber's drunk driving claims

Ride-sharing services provide many Georgia residents with a convenient way to get home after a night on the town, and companies like Uber and Lyft say that they improve safety and lower police workloads by keeping drunk drivers off the road. These claims have been backed up by several surveys of ride-sharing customers, but researchers from Oxford University in England and the University of Southern California say that the statistics do not bear these claims out. The research was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology on July 22.

Georgia man facing DUI charge after striking skateboarder

A 42-year-old Georgia man was taken into custody by police in Fulton County on July 12 after his pickup truck struck and severely injured a skateboarding teen. Police claim that the man was impaired by alcohol at the time. The 16-year-old skateboarder is expected to recover from injuries that include a broken ankle, lacerations and brain swelling caused by a blow to his head. The accident took place on Taylor Road in Johns Creek at approximately 4:00 p.m.

Life sentenced handed down for habitual DUI/DWI offender

Recently, there was a national story about a man sentenced to life in prison for pleading guilty to DWI/DUI. At first read, it might seem like a rather extreme consequence for a drunk driving charge. The severity, however, is due to the fact that this is not his first, or even third, conviction – he’s a nine-time offender.

Football player spends time in jail for DUI

Georgia residents might recognize Danny Ware from his time as a running back for the University of Georgia or because of his career in the NFL with the New York Giants, but the football player is not in the news for his athletic accomplishments this time. Ware reportedly spent time in jail starting on May 7 for a driving under the influence of alcohol charge.

DUI charges for Georgia representative

A state representative from a northern suburb of Atlanta was charged with speeding, DUI and possession of an open container on April 7. He was pulled over because he was going 72 mph in Rabun County, 27 mph over the speed limit, and he reportedly blew .225 in a breath test. He was also legally carrying a gun.

Suprme Court weighs the constitutionality of breath test laws

Drivers in Georgia who are suspected of DUI do not face separate criminal charges for refusing to submit to a breath or blood test ordered by a police officer, but motorists in Minnesota, North Dakota and 11 other states do. Law enforcement agencies in these states say that mandatory breath test laws deter drunk drivers and save lives, but critics say the measures are unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court weighed the merits of these arguments on April 20 as it heard from attorneys representing North Dakota, Minnesota and drivers from the two states who were charged with crimes after refusing to take a breath test.

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