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College freshman dies in Georgia car accident

It is always tragic whenever anyone passes away because of a car accident, but it especially stands out when it is a young person who had their whole life ahead of them. That's what recently happened in Georgia when a college freshman was involved in a car accident that caused fatal injuries.

The student was actually attending Alabama State University, and the school's president put out a statement on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The accident itself took place on the previous Sunday, per reports.

Teens learn dangerous driving habits from their parents

Having safety-related rules for young drivers is not enough. Parents need to follow those rules themselves. When they don't, studies have shown that teens just pick up the bad habits from their actions, and this is part of the reason why teens become dangerous drivers.

The study determined that around 37 percent of parents in the United States who have teen drivers will still get out their smartphones and use apps while they are behind the wheel. When researchers looked at the percentage of teens who would do the same thing, it was strikingly similar: 38 percent.

Heartbroken Georgia family describes loss of loved one in court

Several members of a Georgia woman's family stood before a judge in Houston County Superior Court recently and tearfully told her what the loss of a 42-year-old woman -- a wife, mother, daughter and sister -- meant to them.

The family members testified at the sentencing hearing for a 27-year-old man who was convicted of driving the wrong way in a head-on crash that killed the woman.

The warning signs of auto defects

Auto defects are all too common in almost every type of vehicle. That's why drivers need to be cognizant of any recalls issued so they can have the issue fixed immediately. Not all auto defects will be issued in a recall, especially if the auto manufacturer does not know about said defects. Today, we will take a look at the warning signs of common auto defects.

The electrical system of your vehicle is vital to it running smoothly. If it begins to fail you, you will notice difficulty trying to crank the engine, dim headlights and brake lights, corrosion on the cables of the battery and a smell of melting plastic.

Social media and sexual predators

With the increase in social media usage and the various platforms available more and more sexual predators are hiding much easier behind the computer screen. Social media accounts include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and others. Today, we will take a look at social media and sexual predators to get a better understanding of how sex crimes are moving with technology.

In the last three years, the number of sexual predators online has more than doubled. At the same time, the number of sexual offenses has more than doubled. More than 82 percent of sex crimes committed on the internet have originated on social media networking sites like the ones named earlier in this post.

How a drunk driving charge or conviction can affect your job

If you are ever charged or convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Georgia, you will most likely have a lot of questions. Will you lose your license? How much in fines will you face? Is jail time part of the sentence? These are all important questions, but one of the most important centers around your career. Can a charge or conviction of DUI affect your current job or future employment prospects?

A charge of drunk driving, prior to a conviction, should not have a negative impact on your career as most states don't permit employers to ask about arrests. If the arrest appears on your record, it is imperative that you disclose the information to the potential employer so they know you are not trying to hide anything.

Accepting help following the death of a loved one

The loss of a loved one, especially a spouse or a child, will change your life dramatically. You might not understand why they were taken from you and why it wasn't you. You might also have the feeling that you can no longer go on with life. These are all normal feelings that people go through when they suffer a tragic loss. Today, we will discuss how to accept help following the death of a loved one.

There may be plenty of people who will show up at your home to offer their condolences and help in this tough time. You should try to accept the help offered by everyone who offers it with open arms. This will enable you to focus on grieving your loved one and beginning the healing process.

Various issues cause trucks to be incredibly dangerous

We've all seen pictures and videos of horrific accidents involving large trucks on the highways of Georgia. These trucks transport everything — animals, liquids, clothing, food, hazardous materials and flammable gases. What makes these trucks so dangerous? Aside from the cargo, it can be a litany of other issues.

Excessive speed is a major hazard when driving near a large truck. These vehicles are not built to stop on a dime. Slamming on the brakes can only cause the truck to sway and possibly overturn onto a vehicle near it.

Steps to take if you come across a possible drunk driver

Drunk drivers are all over Georgia. You might see one on a back road, a highway or even in a parking lot. It's not hard to pinpoint a driver who might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They will likely swerve, speed, slam on the brakes, tailgate, fall asleep at the wheel and more. Here are the steps to take if you come across a possible drunk driver in Cumming, Georgia.

The first thing you should do is safely maneuver your vehicle away from the suspected drunk driver's vehicle but not too far away that you cannot grab identifying information.

Field sobriety tests administered at a traffic stop

Traffic stops are administered all over the state of Georgia for various reasons. Officers are always on the lookout for speeding, distracted driving, weaving, tailgating and impaired driving. If you are stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), or you come across a DUI checkpoint, the following field sobriety tests will be put to use by the officer to determine if you are inebriated.

The walk-and-turn is used to determine if you can follow directions and keep your balance. You will be asked to walk along an imaginary straight line by placing one foot directly in front of the other. You will then be asked to turn after 10 steps on the line and return to your starting point.

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