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Georgia may see more alcohol in college stadiums

College is the place that many people try things for the first time. Many graduates wax nostalgic about first road trips, first dates and first work successes while living or studying on campus. Although it is not part of a healthy college experience, alcohol can be part of a lot of firsts. For some students, alcohol is involved in their first experiences with the criminal justice system.

Institutions do what they can to control access to alcohol by teenagers or other underage people. Police in Atlanta, Savannah and Athens often execute operations to discover alcohol vendors who do not check identification or willfully sell booze to people below the age of 21.

Lawsuit filed over fiery crash that killed 4 in Henry County

Truckers get a decent amount of respect in Georgia. People in the Peach State know that prices would be higher and variety would be far lower in supermarkets and shopping malls if trucks did not bring goods and food to them. But drivers are also at risk from the force of possible collisions.

When trucking accidents happen, victims or their families are often at a loss. Recovery can be difficult and expensive, leading people to seek help in civil courts. One such case surrounds a fiery accident in Henry County that killed four people.

When are bicycle crashes more likely in Georgia?

Pedestrian accidents are impossible to ignore because all trips begin and end for most people with walking. Bicycle crashes can be easier for many drivers in Georgia to desensitize themselves because few people use the foot-powered vehicles. College campuses and other specialized communities are more likely to internalize bicycles as partners on the road.

What are the odds of injury or death in a bicycle accident?

Georgia's new law on Breathalyzers matches constitutional limits

It's more likely that someone will drive to a bar or liquor store than most other ways to get there. This can be a problem if people try to drive back. Georgia's prosecutors and police have generally been hard-nosed about the enforcement of laws against driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The law, however, is changing.

The governor in Atlanta recently signed House Bill 471, commonly known as the Breathalyzer law. Breathalyzers monitor the alcohol concentration on a person's exhalation and are often used as spot checks by police officers when they suspect drunk driving. The consequences of refusing the test were grave, as the test was considered required for drivers on the roads in Georgia.

Protect yourself when cycling this summer

With the Georgia weather quickly heating up, many people may find themselves breaking out their bicycles in order to get some exercise or to reach certain destinations. Whether you are a cycling hobbyist or enjoy using your bike to get to your UGA summer classes, it is important that you stay safe.

Unfortunately, bicycle accidents involving vehicles are not uncommon, and you, as the cyclist, are much more at risk of suffering serious or even fatal injuries than those inside a car. As a result, you may want to take the time and make the effort to be a conscientious bicyclist and help yourself remain safe whenever possible.

Traffic stop leads to drug charges for Georgia man

Much like public drunkenness or underage possession of alcohol, drug charges largely come from someone being caught doing something. Many of the legal details when a prosecutor has the evidence to file charges come from how a person was caught while committing a suspected crime.

Many drug and alcohol charges happen when it is apparent that someone is acting under their influence. As a result, moving violations and traffic stops often result in additional charges when police suspect drug or alcohol use as a factor.

Charges in recent Georgia arrest include underage possession

Drinking should always be moderated, which is why people under the age of 21 are not allowed to consume alcohol in the United States. There are a few exceptions in Georgia, including consumption under a parent's supervision, a rule partially designed to allow children to experience the disorientation caused by drinking in a controlled environment.

There are very few other exceptions to the prohibition on underage drinking. Some law enforcement officers or prosecutors will use underage drinking charges in combination with other charges to gain leverage over witnesses and possible co-defendants in other crimes.

Trucks-only highway proposed to relieve congestion

Trucks are the backbone of Georgia's economy as well as the main supplier of the goods that people in the state consume. They are the only options to bring the required food and products to the many communities away from the Atlantic Ocean or train lines.

Tractor-trailers and tankers can be dangerous around other vehicles. The volume of trucks and their loads makes collisions more forceful and destructive, and even indirect contact can be seriously injurious or even fatal for people in nearby cars and trucks. The lack of maneuverability also makes it less likely that truck drivers can correct for changes in time to avoid crashes.

Is the Breathalyzer test always accurate?

You've probably seen a Breathalyzer used in movies and television shows. It is that little box an officer will ask a driver to breathe into when the officer suspects the driver of driving under the influence of alcohol. Law enforcement officers in the state of Georgia often use this little machine because it is supposedly extremely accurate. Is it, though?

Here's the real deal. The Breathalyzer device is not perfect, and it is not always accurate. There are a number of things that can result in it producing a false high blood-alcohol level readout.

Woman struck in hit-and-run accident in northwest Georgia

Most victims of motor vehicle accidents are on the road in a vehicle of their own. Although some car crashes are fatal, people in cars have the protection of the vehicle's frame in the case of a collision. The same is not true for motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

A female pedestrian was struck and seriously injured in an accident near Teloga that involves criminal charges against the driver of the vehicle. The victim was run down near Highway 337 in Chattooga County. The driver then left the scene of the accident, although the sheriff soon tracked down the vehicle and arrested him.

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