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Former NFL Player Strikes Police Car While Drunk

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Lawrence Taylor used to be one of the most feared defensive players in the National Football League. He played for 13 seasons with the New York Giants, made it to the Pro Bowl 10 times, won the Super Bowl twice, and was given a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999, among other accolades. It wasn’t Taylor’s impressive football stats that had him in the news early in September, but his drunk driving arrest. According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, Taylor was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Palm...

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DUI Enforcement Initiative Being Launched in Georgia

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There is an effort across the nation aiming to get drunk drivers off of the road. The initiative kicked off in Georgia before Labor Day in an effort to make the state safe for the holiday weekend. As families gathered to celebrate the “official” end to summer, police and other law enforcement officials joined the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The campaign ran through September 5. In the time Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over took place, law enforcement increased patrols and added additional sobriety checkpoints. In doing this, law enforcement agencies joined the nationwide effort to reduce the...

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Amish Charged in DUI Incident

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When people think of driving under the influence, they typically think of a motor vehicle. It makes sense. We read about DUIs or listen to stories of them on the news and they almost always involve a car, truck or motorcycle. It is for that reason that some have found the news of a buggy driver being charged with DUI eye-catching, to say the least. According to reports, five Amish men in a horse buggy were traveling in Canoe Township in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Police attention was drawn to the buggy because two men were observed to be riding on the...

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Power Outage Caused by Alleged Drunk Driver

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On August 12, about 250 homes receiving electricity through Georgia Power may have woken up in the dark. A car crashed into a pole near Eisenhower Parkway. According to reports, Garret Head, 23, of Macon, was driving on Houston Avenue just before 12:30 a.m. He swerved to avoid a vehicle that had crossed the center line. As a result of having to maneuver his own vehicle to avoid a crash, Head struck a pole, splitting it. Deputies say that there was no other vehicle when they arrived at the scene, only Head’s 2003 Ford F250. Whether or not Head was really trying...

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Georgia Among Strictest States on DUI

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The personal-finance site, WalletHub, conducted a study recently, comparing driving under the influence in America by looking at states side-by-side. The researchers looked at a variety of factors, including minimum jail sentences and fines to the requirement of treatment programs as part of sentencing. After tallying the numbers, WalletHub ranked the states in terms of strictness, and Georgia came in second. It was found that the minimum jail time for a first DUI conviction in Georgia is 10 days. For a second offense, people spend a minimum of 90 days in jail on average. Once someone is charged with their fourth...

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Actress Appears in Court for DUI Collision

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Celebrities are typically recognized for a role they play or a song they sing. The type of attention they seek is positive. Unfortunately, being in the spotlight means that making a mistake can put them in the news for the wrong reasons. Such is the case with soap opera actress Jensen Buchanan, known for her roles in “General Hospital,” “One Life to Live” and “The Young and the Restless.” Buchanan recently appeared in court to answer to charges stemming from an accident she was involved in on May 18. In that accident, Buchanan, 53, allegedly drove her Mercedes S550 after...

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Breastfeeding Mother Charged with DUI

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A mother in Roswell, Melissa Rae Tomesh, was arrested early Friday morning after officers discovered that she had passed out in her running car. The 35-year-old woman was located on Barrington Drive after a concerned citizen called the police to report the car. As officers approached the vehicle, they noticed that it was indeed running. When they reached the driver’s side, they saw Tomesh behind the wheel and her 3-year-old child in her lap breastfeeding. Tomesh was passed out. When officer woke Tomesh, it became apparent, they say, that she was under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both. “When the...

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College Football Player Arrested Despite Passing Breathalyzer

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People often wonder what happens if a police officer suspects them of driving under the influence of alcohol but they pass a breathalyzer or blood test. Alphonse Taylor, offensive lineman for the University of Alabama, has found himself in just this situation and his story is making the news. According to reports, Taylor was arrested on July 17 under suspicion of driving under the influence. The star football player allegedly did not perform the field sobriety tests to the satisfaction of officer present. He was described as showing signs of fatigue. The police had been called to the scene of the...

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How to Choose a Designated Driver

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Most people know that choosing a designated driver before they head out on the town is a good way to avoid a DUI in Atlanta. It not only helps you get home safely, but it saves you from having to pay for alternate transportation. Few get excited at the prospect of being the designated driver, but it’s an important job that does have its benefits. Consider that if you are designated to be the sober driver, you will wake up knowing that you played a major part in getting your friends home safely. You helped them avoid a costly DUI, and...

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Should Drunk Driving Laws be Revised?

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According to national statistics, about one-third of the more than 30,000 traffic fatalities that occur on America’s roadways each year are alcohol-related. A preventable death occurs once every 53 minutes. Because these fatalities, and other accidents that involve injury and property damage, are preventable, people consistently look for ways that drunk driving can be deterred. As DUI attorneys, we have heard many stories. We have been involved with good people at some of the worst times in their lives. One of the deterrents to drunk driving that is often discussed is revamping DUI laws. One suggestion is to lower the...

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