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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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Public Transit’s Impact on Drunk Driving

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Earlier last week, Paul Wiedefeld, a man you have probably never heard of, made waves among DC Council members and owners of local businesses. Why? Because Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s general manager suggested that the rail system be closed earlier on weekends so that the track could be properly maintained and other repairs could be made. It makes sense from the standpoint of railway workers. Being able to start working on the tracks at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays instead of 3 a.m. would mean getting home earlier. Closing at 10 p.m. instead of midnight on Sundays would mean the...

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Police Must Stay Within Jurisdictions When Making Arrests

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Late in June, the Georgia Supreme Court made a ruling that could stop police officers from arresting people for traffic violations outside of their own jurisdictions. The high court unanimously overturned a ruling by the Court of Appeals. In their ruling, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the DUI arrest of Bajrodin Zilke was invalid. According to records, the arrest was made after a Kennesaw State University police officer stopped the man more than 500 feet from campus. In other words: outside of his jurisdiction. On that occasion, Officer Decari Mason was returning to campus after completing other duties for the department....

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UGA Football Player Arrested for DUI

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Jonathan Ledbetter is a popular defensive lineman for the University of Georgia. He made news for his DUI arrest earlier in the year. Unfortunately, Ledbetter has been arrested a second time. Earlier in July, the football player was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and underage alcohol possession. The 18-year-old defensive lineman was arrested and released on a $2,000 bond after being booked into the Athens-Clarke County police department. Ledbetter released a statement following his arrest: “First I want to apologize to my family, my teammates and coaches, the University and the Bulldog Nation. I have...

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Wrong Way Crash Results in DUI

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Drivers on U.S. 17 were surprised to find another vehicle coming at them from the wrong direction one recent Friday night. The end result was a Douglas woman being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on the wrong side of the road. According to a report by Georgia State Patrol, Erica Coleman, 30, turned the wrong way onto U.S. 17. As a result of driving into oncoming traffic, Coleman struck a motorcyclist, causing injury to the male operator. Coleman was operating her vehicle without a license, had an open container of alcohol in her vehicle and obstructed...

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Leniency Granted for Actress Questioned by Judge

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If you were a fan of Melrose Place, you may remember Amy Locane-Bovenizer from the 13 episodes she was in. Today, she is not so much  famous as she is infamous. The actress was drunk and caused a crash in 2010 that took the life of a 60-year-old woman. After serving just part of her original prison term, Locane-Bovenizer was granted leniency and released on parole in June 2015. Last Friday, a judge determined that there was no significant explanation for that leniency and he wants the actress’s early release justified. Locane-Bovenizer stood trial in 2012 and was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter...

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Teen Skateboarder Struck by Drunk Driver

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Recently, a teenage boy was struck by a drunk driver while riding his skateboard. The teen is expected to undergo more surgeries to repair his body, and the suspected driver has been taken into custody. According to reports, a 16-year-old boy was riding on his skateboard down Taylor Road on July 12. His ride in Johns Creek was uneventful until he was struck by a Ford F150 driven by Christopher Caldwell. When police arrived on the scene, Caldwell admitted to consuming a single beer approximately four hours before the accident. Caldwell admitted later that he had two beers before striking the...

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3D Driver Safety Enters Beta Trial

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Vairdo Inc., a company that has worked with Google X and Georgia Tech, announced the release of Sleepy Eyse. The multi-featured camera will be released to beta testers in an effort to combat drunk and dangerous driving. The first version of Sleepy Eyse is being released in its beta version, with four versions to follow via crowdfunding. The $99 set of eyewear is said to be the latest in cutting-edge technology designed with driver safety in mind. Jayant Ratti, an engineer at Varido Inc., said, “Driver safety is one of the most aggravating problems that is taking lives by the millions...

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Atlanta Officer Nearly Struck by Vehicle

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The Atlanta Police Department reports that one of their officers was nearly struck by a drunk driver just before dawn while on a Sunday morning patrol. The driver of the vehicle that almost hit the officer has been charged. According to the report, the near miss was only one in a series of collisions that occurred on GA-400 in the southbound lanes. The first accident happened near the Lenox Road exit. It was there that officer McCall was assisting another officer with the crash. McCall utilized his vehicle to block oncoming traffic and had his lights activated. As McCall was walking back...

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