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Does clothing color impact a pedestrian's risk of getting struck?

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that evenings between 6 p.m. and midnight are the most dangerous hours for individuals to take a walk. It's during these times that nearly 50% of pedestrians are struck by cars. There are some common reasons why incidents like these occur. There are also some things that you can do to ensure that you're not the next victim of such a crash.

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHA) have discovered that not only can motorists not see pedestrians dressed in dark clothes at night, but also that headlights don't help them all that much either. Researchers have also determined that while motorists can see a pedestrian wearing dark clothes as far as 55 feet away, that only gives drivers approximately a second to react to what they've seen if they're traveling as fast at 60 miles per hour (MPH).

A sideswipe collision can be more serious than some think

Any type of car accident can range in severity. Some people may end up with little damage to their vehicles or themselves after another vehicle bumps theirs, but other individuals could easily end up with serious injuries from an event many Georgia residents may not consider serious.

One type of accident that some people may not consider as serious as others is a sideswipe accident. However, any time two vehicles come in contact with each other, the chance exists that a serious accident will take place, and sideswipe collisions can easily turn into something much worse than a few scrapes to a vehicle's paint job.

What rights do pedestrians have in Georgia?

Virtually every city or state has laws on the books that describe what type of activities that a pedestrian can lawfully engage in without the risk of being ticketed. These rules and regulations aren't on the books to make people's lives inconvenient but to protect individuals from getting hurt or killed. Many of these laws have to do with pedestrians crossing the street, with or without crosswalks and signals.

The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) ยง 40-6-91 describes what rights pedestrians have when crosswalks are present at an intersection. That law gives walkers the right of way if they're in an adjoining lane to the one that has a consistent flow of traffic. That same law prohibits pedestrians from suddenly entering an active traffic lane, especially if it gives a motorist too little time to stop before striking them. It prohibits drivers from passing another motorist simply to bypass a pedestrian as well.

Is it illegal for underage people to possess alcohol in Georgia?

If you're younger than the legal drinking age of 21 and you're spending your college years away from home here in Athens, then it's very likely that your parents warned you to steer clear of alcohol when they dropped you off at school your freshmen year. Your parents probably did this for a good reason. They're probably aware of some of Georgia's Underage Possession of Alcohol laws.

Georgia law generally prohibits the possession of alcohol by someone under 21. There are very few exceptions to this rule. A person younger than this age may not be charged with violating this law if they reside in the home with a parent or guardian who maintains a supply of alcohol within their child's reach.

What types of behaviors do drugged motorists exhibit?

When you hear news stories about someone being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), it often has to do with them getting behind the wheel after drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. It's only in recent years that news stories have begun circulating about individuals driving while under the influence of drugs. While you may feel confident that you could easily identify a drunk driver, do you think that you'd be as successful in picking out a drugged one?

Drugs impact motorists differently from alcohol. Most drunk drivers react similarly while driving no matter whether they drink beer, wine or hard liquor. These motorists often experience delayed response times to different stimuli, blurred vision and other motor skills declines. The symptoms that drugged motorists often experience vary depending on the drug that a motorist consumes.

Drug bust leads to over 20 arrests in Georgia

There's always a risk of getting caught if you decide to transport or deal drugs. You might get involved for any number of reasons, from wanting more money to being coerced into helping a local gang.

If you do get caught transporting drugs, it's a serious offense. It's one you need to build a strong defense for because you could face prison time and harsh penalties.

How serious is a traffic violation in Georgia?

In Georgia, a traffic ticket is more than just an inconvenience. In addition to the fines you could face, you could also deal with the implications of additional points on your record. These add up, leaving you with higher insurance costs and other consequences that can cost you time and money.

Many assume it is best to just pay the ticket and move on, but this is not always the optimal choice. It may be worthwhile to fight back and avoid an accumulation of additional points on your record. If you accumulate a certain number of points on your record in a certain time period, it can lead to a suspension of your driving privileges. As you can see, there is more at stake than you may realize after you get a citation for violating a traffic law.

Making sure drivers see you on your bike at night

You have a right to use the road when you ride your bike, no matter what time of day it is. That does not mean you don't face extra risks at specific times, however. If you choose to ride after dark -- something many cyclists attempt to avoid -- you need to know that it's often harder for drivers to see you.

Let's be very clear: That does not mean you are at fault if they hit you. If you follow the rules of the road -- like riding in the right lanes, using the right lights and reflectors on your bike -- they have an obligation to do the same and to avoid an accident. A driver may complain that they never saw you in the wake of the crash, but that's not an excuse.

What is Georgia's Implied Consent Law and how does it impact you?

Drunk drivers, listen up! The Georgia Implied Consent Law applies to anyone who maintains a driver's license here in the Peach State. This piece of legislation makes it mandatory for any motorist who is stopped on suspicion of drunk or drugged driving to submit to chemical testing to determine whether they're indeed intoxicated. There are penalties if a Georgia driver refuses to submit to such state-administered testing.

Georgia drivers can refuse chemical testing if they want to but will have their driver's license immediately suspended for doing so. This suspension will last at least one year. Motorists who have their license revoked in such instances will be ineligible to receive a limited driving permit if they are ultimately convicted of their first driving under the influence (DUI) charge.

How dangerous is riding your bike around campus?

It's not uncommon for University of Georgia students to use bicycles to get from their Athens residences to school or work. This doesn't mean that getting around town doesn't come with some hurdles though. It can be quite dangerous, no matter whether it's during the day or evening.

Data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2011 showed that bicyclists ages 16 to 20 are most vulnerable to becoming involved in crashes. There were some 8,000 bike accidents involving individuals belonging to this age group that same year. More than one-third of them resulted in someone getting hurt.

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