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Can I Get Off Probation Early?

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If you are convicted of a crime, one of the best things you can hope for, aside from being given no time at all, is to be sentenced to probation. Essentially, probation is a prison (or jail) sentence that you serve within the community. In other words, you get to stay home. Once you learn about all the conditions that surround your being placed on probation, the punishment can seem restrictive, to say the least. Keep in mind, however, that you are far less restricted than you would be if you were sentenced to time behind bars. Typically, a person will...

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Daylight Savings Time Increases Your Risk for Accidents

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Chances are you already know that a decreased awareness behind the wheel can cause vehicle collisions. When you aren't paying close attention to the cars around you when you are driving, you are either at risk for being involved in a crash or causing one. Daylight saving time doesn't help. If you are like many people, you are feeling a bit "off" next week. Experts say that's normal. It can take the human body a week or more to adjust to the time changes in the Spring and Fall. The good news is there are things you can do to help...

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How You Can Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

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Atlanta's division of the Red Cross has already sent help to Houston, but others may be wondering what they can do to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Unprecedented flooding has left people stranded and without a home to call their own. These people need help. If you have the means to assist some of the victims, here are ways you can do it. Red Cross The American Red Cross is providing emergency assistance in the area. The organization is seeking donations to help the victims of flooding. You can text HARVEY to 90999 to make an automatic $10 donation. You can...

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The Levels of Intoxication

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You can drink multiple alcoholic beverages and function as though you had nothing to drink at all. Your spouse can drink one alcoholic beverage and stumble as they walk. Alcohol affects different people in different ways. In general, however, a person will behave in a typical manner depending on the level of alcohol in their system. Here is a brief breakdown by blood alcohol content (BAC). 0.02 - 0.03: There is a slight loss of inhibitions and a feeling of joy. There is typically no loss of coordinated activity, but may be a heightened sense of relaxation. 0.04 - 0.06: The body...

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Is Driving Sick as Dangerous as Driving Drunk?


It's the time of year when people start giving more than just gifts. People are handing more than presents to their friends and family. They are also sharing illness. Head colds and the flu are passed between people easily and quickly. While some people avoid taking medicine, waiting for their illness to resolve on its own, others turn to over-the-counter remedies in order to alleviate their symptoms. What happens when a person takes a cold or flu remedy and then gets behind the wheel? It's important to understand that driving under the influence encompasses more than just alcohol and illegal drugs....

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HSK Driving High? The Potalyzer Can Tell


More states today are legalizing the use of marijuana, either for medical or recreational purposes. As the legal use of the drug grows, lawmakers and enforcement officials worry about what will happen when more people drive under the influence of marijuana. Up until now, there was no reliable test to determine whether someone had levels of THC in their system. The Potalyzer is setting out to change that. Researchers from Stanford University created the device. It is mobile, making it easy for police to use. Small magnetic biosensors can detect THC molecules in the saliva of a person suspected of driving...

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Amish Charged in DUI Incident


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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Valdosta State Patrol Awarded for Fight Against DUI

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Every year, Mothers Against Drunk Driving recognizes different state patrol posts for their excellent work combatting drunk driving. This year’s Post of the Year was awarded to Georgia State Patrol Post 31 in Valdosta. While other posts have fought valiantly to protect sober drivers against drunk ones, Post 31 faced some steep challenges --- and overcame them. Post 31 is in charge of patrolling four counties, including Lowndes County, home to the city of Valdosta and, perhaps more importantly, Valdosta State University. So in addition to adults driving drunk, the local Georgia State Patrol also has to be on the lookout...

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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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