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Sober Driving Campaign Starting in GA

Drivers in Georgia are being told to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” According to law enforcement officials, the holiday season, including New Years, is a dangerous time to be on the roads. Officers from around the state will be actively searching for drunk drivers through the January 1 holiday. According to Police Chief Troy Rich of Thomasville Police Department, the agency has a duty to keep everyone safe. The department is ramping up its DUI enforcement efforts to do just that. Last year, there were 14 deaths on Georgia’s roadways during the holidays. In 2014 as a whole, there were...

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Georgia MADD Awarded Grant

The Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) affiliate office in Georgia has been awarded a $126,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The group is happy to announce that the money will be used to help support the efforts of law enforcement in the state. The grant money will be used to support law enforcement, but it will also be allocated to promote underage drinking prevention programs and other MADD campaigns that aim to reduce drunk driving. One such campaign is MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving that runs through September 2016. A statewide law enforcement recognition event supports the...

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Consul Dodges DUI in Atlanta

  A consul from Mexico was recently cited for traffic violations in Georgia. Among those violations was a charge for driving under the influence. Because the man has diplomatic immunity, officers were forced to let him go. According to reports, Ricardo Camara Sanchez was pulled over by police because of his erratic driving. The officer reported that the man’s vehicle was drifting and swerving, and that the man refused to pull over when the officer activated his lights and siren. The Mexican consul did eventually stop and upon his approach to the vehicle, the officer could smell a “strong odor of alcohol coming...

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Former Basketball Star Arrested for DUI

Chris Duhon, former Duke point guard, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence last Monday in Putnam County, West Virginia. According to reports, the 33-year-old was booked just after 4:00 a.m. on Monday morning and was later released after posting a $1,000 bond. The former college player is currently an assistant coach at Marshall University. He has been suspended for violating rules and policies of the department in connection with his arrest. Whether he will face any further sanctions by the university is unknown at this time. Duhon is also known for playing in the NBA for four years with...

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GA Drivers Reminded that Seat Belts Save Lives

It is said that every hour in the United States, someone dies simply because they chose not to buckle their seat belt. That is why, in part, this holiday season, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) and the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) are reminding all drivers to buckle up. If you don’t, you stand the chance of getting handed a citation by a law enforcement officer. Motorists can plan on seeing an increased presence by police out on the state’s roadways this holiday season. While Thanksgiving has proven to be the most dangerous holiday when it comes to traffic fatalities,...

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Bus Driver Charged with Several Crimes

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A St. Vrain Valley School District bus driver had charged levied against her last week. According to reports, the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office filed several felony charges against Elizabeth Burris in connection with a bus crash. Last Monday, Burris was driving a bus carrying eight students. It was shortly after 4 p.m. when her bus veered off of the road, crashing and injuring five of the students. None of the injuries were serious or life threatening. Burris has been charged with two counts of felony vehicular assault and two counts of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. She was also...

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Local Sheriff’s Office Given Grant

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The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a grant from The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in order to fight impaired driving in the county. The $145,500 grant will be utilized by the agency’s specially-designed traffic enforcement squad. H.E.A.T., as the squad is known by, stands for Highway Enforcement of Aggressive traffic. It works tirelessly to keep drivers safe on area roadways. Not only will they be fighting to keep drunk drivers off of the road, but they will also work to ensure that motorists are wearing their safety belts. This is the third year that the squad has been...

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Odd Excuse Doesn’t Stop DUI Charge

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A South Dakota man was convicted of drunk driving last week on a charge of drunk driving in Pennigton County. According to official reports, Russel Schmitz, 48, tossed his keys under the deck of a nearby Box Elder home after he was pulled over. He then told deputies on scene that vehicle he was accused of driving while intoxicated “just showed up at the same time he did and nobody drove it.” It was Schmitz’s sixth DUI charge. The numbers show that a great number of people in South Dakota who are convicted of drunk driving end up doing it again. In Schmitz’s...

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Famous Boxing Coach Arrested for DUI

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If you have seen the movie “The Fighter,” you are familiar with Dicky Eklund, the boxing trainer portrayed in the film by Christian Bale. The popular sportsman trained Mickey Ward, who is portrayed in the movie by Mark Wahlberg. The real-life Eklund was pulled over Friday night and ultimately charged with driving under the influence of drugs. According to reports, police originally pulled Ekland over because they noticed him driving without headlights. Upon approaching the car, officers noticed a smell of alcohol about Eklund’s person, observed his eyes to be glassy and heard that his voice was slurred. Eklund admitted to...

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Diet Soda Impacts BAC, New Study Finds

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Health experts recommend against drinking too much soda of any type. It is not the healthiest of drinks, and water is always the top choice among medical professionals. If your health wasn’t enough to get you to stop drinking soda, try this on for size: Diet soda makes it more likely that you will have higher results on a breathalyzer test. According to a new study, subjects that drank vodka mixed with diet soda had a higher blood alcohol concentration reading than those who drank vodka mixed with regular soda. Published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the study aims to tell...

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