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DUIs are on the Decline in Atlanta

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According to a statement released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, MADD, and Uber, drunk driving arrested in Atlanta have declined by 32 percent since 2010. Records kept by the Atlanta Police Department show that there were 2,243 DUI arrests in the city in 2010, and only 1,535 arrests in 2015. Uber is claiming partial credit for the decline, citing that the numbers have dropped since the company’s presence increased in the city. The Department of Driver Services’ numbers show that ridesharing services may be only part of the reason for the drop in DUIs. While convictions have fallen in the city, so...

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Can I Get a DUI From a Prescription Medication?

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When people hear the term “DUI,” they almost assuredly connect the offense with alcohol. The truth of the matter is that alcohol is just one of the substances that can impair a person’s ability to drive. If you are found to be under the influence of drugs, including prescription medications, you can be charged with DUI. Mixing prescriptions medications and driving is sometimes just as dangerous as going to the bar, consuming alcohol and then driving home. The fact that you have a prescription from a licensed doctor does not mean they medicine will not cause impairment. Different medications affect drivers...

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Most Dangerous States for Drunk Driving

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People drink and drive everywhere in the United States, but there is a higher-than-average instance of DUI arrests in certain states. Alcohol consumption and bad weather work in conjunction to make several states in the nation more dangerous than others when it comes to drunk driving, according to a survey conducted by USA Today. North Dakota tops the nation in fatalities and arrests related to drunk driving as of 2015. Montana was second, followed by Idaho, Wisconsin, South Carolina and South Dakota. Tyler Spraul, director of the study, said, “I think that the combination of higher than average alcohol consumption and...

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Real Housewives Star’s Son Arrested for DUI

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It is stressful when a loved one is arrested for driving under the influence. It can be even more stressful when you are in the public eye and trying to maintain a positive reputation with the public. Sheree Whitfield, one of the stars of the popular “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” found this out recently when her 19-year-old son, Kairo Whitfield, was arrested for DUI. It may be uniquely embarrassing for Whitfield given that she went after co-star NeNe Leakes after her son was arrested for shoplifting. The news of Kairo Whitfield’s DUI was broken when a fan sent a booking photo...

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Does Uber Really Reduce DUI Rates?

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Reports of Uber having a hand in reducing DUI arrests across the country have been released in recent weeks. In fact, we ourselves have touched on the subject. While it makes sense on the surface, the data is not altogether there. In fact, there is no direct connection between Uber usage and a drop in drunk driving that has been proven. In 2015, a study was released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Uber. The study reported that ridesharing has an impact on reducing the rate of DUIs because it offers an alternative to people driving themselves home after having...

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Study: There’s No Valid Measure for Too High to Drive

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When law enforcement officers want to measure how intoxicated someone is, the process is a fairly easy one. Officers ask drivers to participate in field sobriety tests, including roadside tests and chemical tests. The more alcohol that is present in a person’s blood, the more impaired that person is. When law enforcement officers want to determine how “high” someone is, the process is not so simple. In fact, there is currently no valid way to measure just how high someone is or how impaired they are. Blood tests are available that measure the amount of THC in a person’s system. Unfortunately,...

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Officer Hit While Making DUI Arrest

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A police officer in Johns Creek, Georgia was hit and injured while making a DUI stop on Saturday, May 21. According to reports, officers were conducting a traffic stop on State Bridge Road near St. Georgen Commons on Saturday evening. The pair of officers was investigating a possible instance of drunk driving. The first driver was ultimately placed under arrest for driving under the influence and put into a police cruiser. It was at that time that a second vehicle traveling down the road rear-ended one of the police cruisers. The collision sent the cruiser into the one parked ahead of...

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State Lawmaker Charged with DUI Wins Reelection

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Even after a driving under the influence arrest in April, Georgia Representative Tom Taylor (R-79) has won re-election. The General Assemblyman was challenged within his own party by Tom Owens. Early on in election evening, Taylor was leading with a 68 percent vote to Owens’ 31. Taylor will face no Democratic opposition in the fall election. According to reports, Taylor was charged with DUI in Rabun County. The representative, who has served since 2011, had a blood-alcohol content of close to three times the legal limit. He also had four juveniles in his vehicle at the time of the stop. The...

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Drunk Dad Speeds to Chuck E Cheese with Kids

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Chuck E. Cheese’s is a popular place for families with children. Getting there before closing is important to many, but perhaps not as much as a dad who traveled at over 100 mph with an unsecured 7-year-old child in the passenger seat to get there. According to reports, Shane Elzey told police that he was speeding in such a manner to get his son to the restaurant before it closed. The child told the officer, “I told him to slow down and he didn’t listen.” He also told officers that his dad goes to jail frequently. When police pulled Elzey over, they...

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Former News Anchor Opens Up About Alcoholism

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In a teaser for a report that aired on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, popular former Fox 5 anchor Amanda Davis admitted to being an alcoholic. Throughout the years, Davis has found herself on the wrong side of the law at least three times. Each of these times involved Davis being arrested for driving while intoxicated. In a 2013 incident, Davis hitting a car while traveling down a one-way street. This incident led to her departure from Fox 5. In 2015, one weekend before she was slated to return to television with CBS Atlanta, Davis was pulled over and arrested for driving...

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