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2 Georgia football players arrested and charged with drug crimes

Two University of Georgia football players, were arrested by the Barrow County Sheriff's Department last Saturday evening. Officers arrested one of the players on suspicion that he was speeding and driving under the influence of narcotics. Officers further claimed that they found marijuana on the passenger seat and passenger side of the vehicle, where the other player was seated -- which is why they arrested him.

However, during the arrest, the driver pleaded with authorities not to arrest his friend. He told the officers that it was his car and it was his marijuana, but the officers said that the marijuana appeared to be the other player's because it was on the side of the vehicle where he was sitting.

4 pedestrian safety tips to prevent car accidents

If you're frequently on foot -- whether it's walking around your neighborhood, walking in the city while getting to work or running your favorite jogging route -- you need to do everything you can to stay safe. That's because pedestrians are at a severe disadvantage if they get struck by a car.

Essentially, you don't stand a chance in a pedestrian versus car crash. However, following these four safety tips can help you prevent the majority of pedestrian-vehicle collisions:

  • Be seen: The less visible you are, the more likely you'll get hit. In fact, 32 percent of pedestrian versus car crashes happen between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m., so carry a flashlight or wear reflective gear when you're on foot at night.
  • Don't get distracted: The more alert you are to your surroundings, the better you'll be at dodging a collision. This means that you shouldn't be on your phone and you shouldn't be distracted by any electronic devices. Also, don't wear headphones. Stay as alert and attentive as possible.
  • Follow the law: Traffic rules, signals and signs apply to pedestrians just like they apply to vehicle drivers. Make sure you know the traffic laws, and know your responsibility as a pedestrian.
  • Use crosswalks and sidewalks: Use the areas of the road that are designated for pedestrian traffic. Vehicle drivers expect to find on you on the sidewalk and they expect to find you in crosswalks and at intersections. They don't expect to find you in the middle of the road. As such, you should only cross at sidewalk and intersections, and use sidewalks whenever possible. If no sidewalk is present, walk on the left-side shoulder of the road, facing traffic and as far away from traffic as possible.

Public servant accused of DUI with 9 bottles of moonshine in car

The deputy commissioner for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources was recently arrested and accused of driving under the influence following a crash. Police arrested and charged the public servant on a recent Sunday. Police further allege that they found nine bottles of moonshine in the individual's vehicle when they arrested him.

When officers questioned him, the 48-year-old public servant told then that he crashed his car because he swerved to miss a deer. This caused his vehicle to spin out of control into a ditch. Both the driver and his passenger escaped the crash uninjured.

Is it possible to get a DUI after taking your legal medication?

Prescription drugs can intoxicate you just as strongly – and in many cases worse – than alcohol. This means that you need to be careful whenever you take a prescription drug and get behind the wheel. Always check the label of your drugs carefully, and look for warnings that you shouldn't drive, or shouldn't operate heavy machinery while taking the drug.

Even if you think you're sober enough to drive, consider the drug you took. If there is any potential that the drug could intoxicate you or impair you in any way, don't drive. Even if you feel sober, the drug could be affecting your judgment. It's better to play it safe when it comes to pharmaceutical drugs and driving. Being careful like this could save your life, and the lives of your passengers and others you're sharing the road with. It could also prevent you from getting arrested.

How can vehicle drivers prevent semitruck crashes?

There is nothing more dangerous than getting into a crash with a semitruck. Vehicle drivers often suffer catastrophic injuries and death as a result of colliding with these gigantic, slow-moving and heavy vehicles. As such, it's important for drivers to do everything they can to stay safe when sharing the road with an 18-wheeler.

Here are a few things that every driver should do in the presence of a semitruck:

  • Be a defensive driver: The old question of "Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit?" applies here. A semitruck goes where it wants and anything in its path gets destroyed. As such, drivers should be careful and defensive when sharing the road with a semitruck. Drive slower, give space and follow all the rules of the road.
  • Get out of the semitruck's blindspots: Semitrucks have large blind spots in front of them, behind them and in certain areas to the side of the truck -- especially toward the back. You want to avoid these areas, and don't linger in them. If you have to pass a semitruck, do so steadily and as quickly as you can without delaying, tailgating or hanging out on the sides of the truck.
  • Don't cut off a large truck: A large semitruck is slow to move and slow to react. As such, you should never cut it off on the road. Always act predictably and remember that these big trucks are not as agile as your small car.

Were you accused of cocaine-related crimes?

The trafficking, possession and sale of cocaine is a crime in Georgia and the rest of the United States. Cocaine is perceived as one of the most illicit and dangerous drugs on the market, and punishment associated with cocaine-related crimes are more severe than other drugs. In the state of Georgia, the laws that govern cocaine possession, production and distribution are particularly strict.

Possessing even the smallest quantity of cocaine in Georgia can result in a convicted defendant spending as many as 15 years in jail. This amount of time in jail for possessing a tiny quantity of the substance might seem unreasonable to many defendants, but it's the reality of the current drug control system we live under in this nation.

Is your child facing charges for underage possession of alcohol?

As a parent who recently sent your child off to the University of Georgia, you may have felt a sense of pride and apprehension when your son's or daughter's first day of classes began. Though you certainly wanted him or her to experience all that college life has to offer, you likely also wanted your child to focus on schoolwork and stay out of trouble. Of course, young people have a tendency to make mistakes, and your child's mistake may have led to your receiving a phone call from police.

Because college students and alcohol often go hand-in-hand, you may have worried that your underage child would come in contact with such beverages. Now that he or she is facing charges for underage possession of alcohol, you may wonder what that means legally.

Woman arrested and accused of fleeing a fatal accident scene

A 44-year-old woman has been arrested and accused of killing an 80-year-old man in a tragic pedestrian accident. Authorities have charged the woman with multiple crimes, saying that she struck the elderly man, failed to report the accident and fled the scene. The woman's criminal charges include first-degree homicide by car, hit-and-run, failure to report a crash and failure to maintain her lane of traffic.

According to a spokesperson for the Georgia State Patrol, the 80-year-old man was fatally struck by a motor vehicle during the evening hours of Oct. 9. He was struck while trying to cross Dawson Forest Road in Dawson County at approximately 7:37 p.m. Emergency responders pronounced the man dead at the accident scene.

The most essential bicycle safety equipment

Preventing bicycle accidents involves three primary components: good city and road planning, drivers and bicyclists who follow the rules of the road and stay attentive and careful and proper bicycle safety equipment. With regard to the latter, what follows is a list of the essential bicycle safety equipment that every Athens cyclist should use.

A safely maintained bicycle: The first most important piece of bicycle safety equipment is your bike itself. If you don't maintain your bike -- if you don't make sure the brakes stop quickly, that the tires are in good shape, etc. -- you're more likely to get into a crash. Be sure your bike is properly maintained at all times and you'll reduce the chances of getting into a crash.

What's the Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act?

The Teenage & Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA) is also referred to as Joshua's Law. It is a program for young drivers that involves a graduated driver's license. The goal of TADRA is to reduce instances of fatal car crashes that involve inexperienced, younger drivers.

TADRA employs a three-step educational process to gradually give young drivers more experience driving under specific restrictions before they are given complete freedom behind the wheel. When the requirements of TADRA have been completed, the young driver graduates to a license that is less and less restrictive until he or she gets an entirely unrestricted license.

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