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Penalties for alcohol and drugs at the University of Georgia

University of Georgia students need to be careful not to get in trouble for alcohol and drug-related violations. Indeed, one false move in this regard could destroy a student's academic career, and deprive him or her of scholarships and financial aid. Let's take a deeper look into the University of Georgia's policies with regard to first-time drug and alcohol offenses.

The University of Georgia states in its handbook that it:

  • Promotes a community geared toward learning, wellbeing and success.
  • The use and abuse of illegal substances and alcohol jeopardize the university's healthful community and places the safety of those associated with the university at risk.
  • The university expects all students to behave responsibly and to follow the university's Code of Conduct and all applicable laws regarding drugs and alcohol.
  • The university will punish students who break laws and the code of conduct with appropriate sanctions.

A 4-step guide to dealing with a bike crash

Sooner or later, you're bound to crash your bike, and you'll be wearing a helmet when you do. Preferably, you'll also follow this four-step guide to dealing with a bike crash.

These tips could save you from furthering your injuries or crashing your bike again, so take the following to heart:

The legal and physical risks of drugged driving

Georgia readers know that drugs can have a significant impact on a person's ability to drive and safely operate a vehicle. Like alcohol, prescription or recreational drugs can affect a person's perception of danger, reaction times and the ability to make safe decisions on the road.

Regardless of the type of drug a person consumes, if it can affect a person's motor skills and cognitive function, he or she is responsible for avoiding driving after taking it. Drugged driving is always dangerous driving, and individuals convicted of this type of criminal charge could face significant legal and financial penalties. State laws take a strong stand against intoxicated driving of any kind because this significantly increases the chances of serious car accidents.

2 soldiers from Fort Stewart arrested after driving into house

Two young soldiers stationed at Ft. Stewart -- aged 19 and 20 -- have been arrested and accused of driving under the influence after the vehicle they were in drove into a house. The car was initially driven by the 19-year-old, who police say fled the scene to a nearby residence. The 20-year-old was a passenger, but police say he tried to drive the car out of the home and failed.

Because both young men either drove or attempted to drive the car, police chose to arrest both of them on DUI allegations. According to police, the 19-year-old was the driver at fault for the accident and the 20-year-old attempted to operate the vehicle while drunk.

Passenger vehicle drivers: Be careful around big rigs

No matter what road you're driving on, eventually you'll encounter a big rig. Maybe you call them semitrucks or 18-wheelers. Whatever you call them, they're dangerous. In fact, the majority of people who die in semitruck crashes are not the occupants of the big rigs, but the occupants of the passenger vehicles involved in the crashes.

Here are some of the most significant dangers:

Risk factors of being involved in a pedestrian accident

It's a shame to think that such a healthful and natural activity like walking would be considered dangerous in this day and age; nevertheless, with Athens roads being more clogged with motor vehicles every day, it's getting more dangerous than ever for people to take to the streets on foot.

Let's take a quick look to consider the risks to pedestrians, and which pedestrians have the highest threat of getting struck by a car:

Auburn football recruit arrested and charged with DUI

A prospective Auburn football recruit, who already committed to the team verbally, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence late last month. This is a serious development for the young football player as it could negatively affect his ability to play sports for the team.

According to the Athens-Clarke County jail, the young man was booked at 4:38 a.m., early on a Sunday morning. Authorities released him three hours later after he met a $2,000 bond. His charges are failing to maintain his lane, improper driving after a traffic stop and driving under the influence.

Will your case be eligible for drug court?

Many college students and other young adults in Georgia enjoy the party scene. You might be one who enjoys hanging out with friends on your free time, perhaps taking in a football game or downing a few cold ones and some popular local cuisine -- boiled peanuts, perhaps? This state has much to offer in the way of amenities and available events and activities for the under-30 crowd. The problem is that partying often leads to trouble.

You likely didn't expect any problems to arise during your recent outing with friends, and you may have been surprised when your evening ended in the back of a police car on your way to jail. You anxiety level probably went through the roof when officials informed you they were filing drug charges against you. One of the first things you'll want to find out is whether your case will be adjudicated in a drug court. This is a justice intervention system that processes drug-related cases and promotes addiction rehabilitation.

Alcohol-related injuries caused by college students are common

If you went to college, you know what it's like to be young with a lot of newfound freedom to do whatever you want. You may have seen a lot of your fellow students use their freedom to go overboard with drinking.

However, the consequences of underage drinking in college are severe. Not only do university students endanger their own lives, they endanger the health and safety of others. That is especially true when they get behind the wheel while drunk.

Avoid drinking and driving this New Year's Eve

'Tis the season to be jolly; 'tis not the season to drink and drive. New Year's Eve is a night full of fun, partying and many Athens residents will partake in drinking alcohol as they bring in 2018. However, during all the fun festivities, it's important to remember to find a way home that doesn't involve driving if you've been drinking.

Drivers often get away with driving while inebriated, which could serve to reinforce this behavior. In fact, statistics show that motorists will usually drive while intoxicated 80 times before a police officer actually arrests them for the offense. Statistics also show that nearly 50 percent of New Year's Eve traffic deaths involve drunk drivers in the accident, and that Jan. 1 holds the title of being the deadliest day to be driving on the roads. According to the website SafeAuto, 2013 saw 140 people killed on New Year's Day as a result of an alcohol-caused accident.

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