A bill currently being considered by the Georgia Senate would require anyone convicted of a DUI for the first time to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on any vehicle they drive for six months. Under current Georgia law, only those convicted for a second or subsequent DUI are required to have IIDs, which must remain installed for 12 months.
Under Georgia law, people who are convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or who plead guilty to it have their driver's licenses suspended. So do those who are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol.
A traffic stop for suspicion of driving under the influence is nothing to take lightly. Even if you're sober, it's not a good time to say or do the wrong thing, because the wrong approach can lead to serious consequences.
Your teen had been dreaming about getting their driver's license for years. You logged countless hours with them in the car preparing for their road test. They know the rules of the road forwards and backwards. Then they did something they swore to you they would never do -- they got behind the wheel after drinking.
Too often, people end up getting arrested for driving under the influence because they felt they were better able to drive than a friend who had consumed even more alcohol. However, you should never prevent a friend from driving drunk by taking the wheel yourself if you've also been drinking. Next to a friend who's highly intoxicated, you may feel sober and in control when in fact you may have a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit.
Driving under the influence can have serious criminal ramifications as well as civil penalties if a drunk driver injures someone in a crash. A 54-year-old Georgia man was charged with DUI less safe after a crash on Jan. 15 in Brookhaven that injured Atlanta Hawks player Chandler Parsons.
If you're facing a DUI charge, you may have decided -- as many people do -- that this was your wake-up call to stop drinking. Maybe you first committed to "Dry January" and have decided to keep going. However, one of the biggest challenges to many Americans' sobriety is Super Bowl Sunday. Whether you go to a friend's house or join a gathering at a local bar or restaurant, you know that alcohol will be everywhere.
As our blog has discussed on previous occasions, even a single conviction for drunk driving can wreck a person's career or, at best, put a damper on his or her job opportunities.
Georgia has strict laws against drunk driving. Being stopped and ultimately convicted on DUI charges can have long-term personal, professional, and financial consequences. Motorists should understand the law and their rights so that they can protect themselves as effectively as possible under the circumstances at hand.
Teenagers have always had a history of not making the best decisions.