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Where Atlanta Ranks on Georgia’s “Safest Cities”

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Safehome.org recently released its ranking of the top cities in Georgia with regards to safety. The rankings help people know what to look out for in their neighborhoods and can be helpful for people moving to our state but unsure of which city may be right for them. Everyone deserves to live in a safe area. People work hard for what they have, and becoming the victim of a crime can take an emotional toll that lasts a lifetime. If you are thinking of moving to Georgia, or just to a new city within the state, here are some of the...

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Hit-And-Run Takes Father Away from Family

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An accident in DeKalb County on December 30 left a little boy without his father, and a hit-and-run driver is being sought for questioning. The accident involved a box truck and a motorcycle and happened just after 10:00 p.m. According to reports, a man and his friend were riding down N Decatur Road on their way to a bar. The motorcyclist attempted to make a right turn onto Warren Avenue. It was at that moment that a Budget Rental box truck was turning right onto N Decatur Road and hit the motorcyclist. The man's friend witnessed the entire accident. According to police...

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Multi-Car Accident on I-75 Results in Fatality

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A frightening accident occurred on I-75 on New Year's Eve morning. A woman lost her life as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. According to reports from the Marietta Police, a woman was driving northbound on I-75 when she lost control of her vehicle. She ended up spinning around and stopped facing the wrong way. The woman was attempting to move her vehicle when she was struck by a Toyota Corolla. As a result of the initial crash, the woman's vehicle was disabled. The woman left her vehicle to stand at the center wall of the highway. Her car...

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HSK PI Driver In Crash Has History of DUI Arrests

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A woman killed in a car accident leaves behind three children and a husband. She was killed on the scene of an accident that occurred on December 23, just days before Christmas. The man who stands accused of causing the accident has a history of DUI arrests. According to reports, the woman was on her way home from work when she was hit by a man driving on the wrong side down a divided highway. The man who hit her did not immediately stop, driving a short time before striking a second vehicle. That vehicle's driver had veered to the side...

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How Serious Is Jaywalking, Anyway?

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Most people picture someone darting across a street when they think of jaywalking. The truth is, jaywalking encompasses much more. Officially, a person is considered to be jaywalking when they violate laws that pertain to a pedestrian. Although it is considered a fairly minor offense, it can still net the offender monetary fines. What Is Prohibited? When you decide to walk somewhere, you are a pedestrian. When you choose to walk on public sidewalks or roadways, you are agreeing to obey to any laws in your locality that apply to pedestrians. For example, you cannot cross the street when the flashing light...

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Alternatives to Driving Drunk on New Year’s Eve

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New Year's Eve is almost upon us. If you are like millions of others across the country, you'll be celebrating with friends and loved ones as the clock strikes midnight. Many of those celebrations will include adult beverages, whether it's champagne, beer, wine or liquor. Even if you have just a single drink, you are putting yourself at risk if you get behind the wheel, not to mention the risk you are putting others in. There are always the traditional options for getting home safely. You can hail a taxi, call for an Uber or even utilize MARTA. All are great...

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Head-On Crash with Semi Truck Leaves Three Injured

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A man from Sharpsburg was left in critical condition after an accident overnight on Christmas Eve. The accident occurred on West Highway 16. According to reports, a 22-year-old man was driving on the highway when the truck he was driving hit a semi truck. The accident occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. when the driver of the truck crossed the center line and hit the semi truck head on. Witnesses to the accident said that there was an explosion after the collision. They also said they saw the semi truck leave the roadway and hit a telephone pole and mailbox. The truck...

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Unusual Weather Predicted for Atlanta and Surrounding Area

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Next week could be one for unusual weather in Atlanta and the surrounding area. Forecasters are calling for multiple winter weather events from now until January 5. Any one of these events could cause roads to be dangerous as snow and ice fall from the sky. People in Atlanta are not typically used to driving in such poor conditions. In fact, when conditions deteriorate as they are expected to do, many businesses close down in hopes of keeping their employees and customers off the roads. If you find yourself having to drive in these conditions, officials would like you to keep...

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The Consequences of Perjury in Georgia

You've seen in it on television and in the movies. Maybe you've even been to court yourself and heard it said. "I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." It's a common phrase that has been ingrained in the public psyche. So much so, in fact, that it may be taken for granted. It's important to understand that once this sentence is spoken, anything that is said afterward is either legally considered to be the truth or perjury. Perjury is a criminal act that is committed when someone lies under oath. It is considered such...

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Are Parents Responsible for Children’s Crimes?

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Juvenile crime refers to any crime that is committed by a child under the age of 18. There are sets of laws that address these crimes, typically heard in juvenile court. In some cases, juveniles commit crimes that are so serious they are tried as adults. No matter the crime, parents may be left wondering if they are responsible for what their children have done. Parental Accountability Laws In some states, there are what are known as Parental Accountability Laws. The laws are based on theories, including that parents have the duty to prevent their children from breaking the law, and that...

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