It's not always easy to drive in Georgia. Speed can be a factor, as it often seems everyone wants to be a stock car racer on the interstate highways. Distracted driving -- like paying attention to a cellphone while behind the wheel -- is also dangerous. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is another issue that can cause problems from other drivers as well as the driver under the influence.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is never a good idea. Law enforcement agencies often remind us that drinking with any sort of impairment is some form of DUI. Drivers in Georgia may find themselves facing charges if they consent to a blood alcohol content (BAC) test and the result is .08 or higher.
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.
Driving in Georgia is generally a safe venture, although some places are more dangerous than others. Several roads near Atlanta and other major urban centers have a higher incidence of car accidents in everyday circumstances. But one circumstance that could appear anywhere is a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Defendants in criminal proceedings are presumed innocent until found guilty through legal means. This principle is the underpinning ethic of United States law as well as state legislation in Atlanta. A new interpretation of this principle is bringing changes to Georgia's laws on driving under the influence of alcohol.
No one gets into a car thinking of anything else other than getting where they are going, and no one starts a car journey thinking it may end in disaster. When people drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, though, they are asking for that sort of trouble.
The winter season is not the best time to be outside. Even in Georgia, often a balmy state with plenty to do outdoors, people often spend more time alone. Drinking and alcoholism can also rise in the winter months, and the holiday season can be a warning against drinking and driving.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is more serious than a lot of other bad ideas. The high speeds and careless driving often attributed to drunk people behind the wheel can cause severe damage, serious injury or even death.
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.
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.