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Chain reaction truck crash injures 5 on Georgia road

Trucks keep America going, and nearly all Americans use something that came on a truck every day. Most motorists know that trucks are part of life on the road and take the proper precautions when driving near them. However, even highly aware drivers cannot always prevent a collision.

Five people were injured enough to require hospital care after a tractor-trailer began a chain reaction of collisions on Georgia Route 49 in Jones County. The accident happened in the late morning of Oct. 30 when several drivers were stopped at a highway construction site.

What should you do after a hit-and-run accident?

Imagine you're struck by a speeding driver and your car goes out of control and into a ditch. You're seriously hurt with a broken leg, and as you watch the driver who caused the accident zoom away, you realize that with that driver goes your chances of holding him accountable for the crash.

You might not be completely at a loss. If you were hurt in a hit-and-run incident, here's what you need to do:

Georgia man arrested for DUI after driving into a mobile home

Going out for a night on the town with friends is an important way to blow off steam for many Georgia residents. However, people need to be careful when it's time to go home at the end of the night. One wrong decision could result in serious legal consequences if a motorist gets arrested and accused of driving while intoxicated.

In one recent case, a Georgia man was accused of DUI after he drove his vehicle into a mobile home in Catoosa County. State troopers took the man into custody on Oct. 13. He was charged with failure to maintain his lane and DUI. Law enforcement officials say that the man lost control of his car, drove off the road and hit the home.

New data shows disturbing trend in truck accidents

If your job, school or other obligations make it necessary for you to take Georgia roads or highways on a regular basis, you probably see more than your share of accidents and near misses. High way speeds seem to be getting faster, and drivers have little room for recklessness or mistakes. You may also share the road with trucks, buses and other large vehicles that may make the ride even more harrowing at times.

You might be relieved to know that the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that the overall number of fatalities in traffic accidents nationwide has dropped over the past year. This is good news, considering the trend has seen the numbers steadily climbing. Unfortunately, while the general statistics are promising, there is one dark shadow looming in the details.

What's the best ways to avoid a DUI arrest?

The best way to avoid a DUI arrest is to refrain from drinking and driving. Numerous people get arrested every day for intoxicated vehicle operation in Georgia who -- had they taken the right steps -- never would have had to face these charges. Unfortunately, just as alcohol dangerously affects our driving abilities, it also affects our decision-making process when it comes to the moment when we decide whether we're going to drive after a night of drinking.

Here are a few suggestions that can help you avoid getting behind the wheel after you've had too much to drink:

What if I'm arrested for drug possession but it wasn't drugs?

Imagine you're driving home from a late-night shift at work on a Saturday evening, and for some reason, the police have decided to pull you over and perform a traffic stop. You find out that the officer suspects you of being intoxicated by illegal substances, and you're asked to get out of the car so the police can search your vehicle. The next thing you know, you're being arrested on charges of cocaine possession. What the officer doesn't realize is that your alleged "cocaine" is a baggy of confectionary sugar from your cake decorating shop.

Fortunately, you will be able to defend yourself against your drug possession charges if there is no lab evidence to prove that the alleged drug was indeed a chemical substance. In most cases, this kind of laboratory evidence is a required part of the trial process. In some cases, defendants may even want to order their own, independent drug lab analysis to help show that a particular substance is not unlawful.

What should I expect during my criminal booking procedure?

Being arrested and booked for an alleged drug crime can be a terrifying experience if you've never experienced anything like it before. Knowledge and experience are definitely power when it comes to avoiding the feeling of pit-in-the-stomach terror during a criminal booking. This is why we've created a brief guide to help you have a rough picture of what to expect:

  • Being "booked" means that you're being placed under arrest and detained for an alleged crime. As you're being "processed," a series of events will take place.
  • Police will take down your personal information, including your name, birthday and physical characteristics.
  • Police wll enter notes about your alleged crimes.
  • Police will fingerprint you and photograph you.
  • Police will look into your criminal record to determine if you're wanted for any crimes, or if you've been convicted or accused of any crimes in the past.
  • Police will confiscate all of your personal property, which will later be returned to you when you're released.
  • Police will put you in a jail or holding cell.
  • If it's a minor offense, you might be able to obtain your immediate release.

Reading about the booking process on paper is a far cry from actually being booked. It's worth noting that you could feel a deep sense of humiliation as a result of having to go through this process. The calmer and more polite you can be with police, the easier the entire process will be.

Distracted driving: Problematic on many Georgia roadways

When you head out to work each day or make plans to meet your friends at a local pub for some good food and fun on a weekend, you may not think much of getting behind the wheel of your car to drive to wherever you're going. After all, you drive all the time and it's really not that big a deal, or is it? 

We don't always think about the dangers that might be lurking on a Georgia roadway when we set out to travel to a particular destination. However, certain issues, such as if there happens to be a distracted driver nearby, can not only prevent us from safely reaching our destination but can cause our lives to forever change in an instant. That's why it is critical to understand the dangers of distracted driving and to know where to seek support if someone causes a collision that results in your injury. 

Is the possession of marijuana products from California illegal?

One might say that, as a democratic nation, the United States is currently in a state of confusion with regard to whether the recreational and medical usage of the drug marijuana should be illegal. In California and Colorado, for example, recreational and medical marijuana are legal and individuals can buy a wide array of marijuana products from authorized dealers. However, in Georgia, the possession of marijuana is still unlawful -- and this includes the possession of products that might be legal in California and Colorado.

Nevertheless, the marijuana penalties in Georgia are not as severe as certain states with stricter penalties. In Georgia, marijuana is not a scheduled drug, yet it does fall under the jurisdiction of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. Under state law, simple possession of marijuana in the amount of 1 ounce or less is a misdemeanor. Those who have been convicted could face fines of as much as $1,000 or 12 months of public works. Possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana elevates the offense to a felony and the individual could go to jail for a minimum of one year and a maximum of 10.

5 reasons that teens drink alcohol

It is illegal for teens to buy and consume alcohol, as the legal drinking age is set at 21. However, studies show that underage drinkers from 12 years old to 20 years old actually drink around 11 percent of the country's alcohol on an annual basis.

Why does this happen? Why do teens knowingly break the law? Below are a few potential contributing factors:

  1. Peer pressure. Teens want to fit into their social scene. They will often do what everyone else is doing or give in to peer pressure in order to be accepted.
  2. Alcohol is fairly easy to get, as far as illegal drugs are concerned. Most teens know someone who can get alcohol, whether it is an older friend, a parent or an older sibling.
  3. Alcohol is inexpensive. Even on a limited income, teens can often afford to drink. When they can't afford other forms of entertainment, they may turn to drinking.
  4. Teens lack the impulse control that they'll develop as adults, and so they take risks frequently. Brain development is not complete until a person is in their mid-20s.
  5. Teens see adults drink alcohol, so many of them do not think of it as an illegal, dangerous substance, the way they would think about other drugs. Even when adults are legally drinking, this can still desensitize teens and normalize drinking in their worldview.
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