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January 2012 Archives

Deal State of the State Address to Propose DUI Accountability Court

Governor Nathan Deal will be getting in front of the legislature on Tuesday night and delivering the State of the State address in which he will be asking for money for DUI accountability courts, reports 41 NBC.

Governor's Deal position is that these courts are cheaper and more effective than traditional courts, at least with respect to low risk offenders.

Starbucks Selling Beer and Wine in Atlanta

Starbucks, the establishment cafe, is about to go rebel. Even though the Centers for Disease Control recommend against putting coffee and alcohol together, Starbucks serving alcohol will become a reality at some Atlanta and California outlets, notes FindLaw's Los Angeles DUI News Blog.

Will Starbucks beer and wine catch on as much as its caffeine? Will there then be counter-cultural revival of independent beer and wine cafes? Anything is possible if cafes start turning into pubs.

Child Endangerment DUI: Roswell DUI Mom Fights Hospital Staff

A 34-year-old woman from Roswell, Ashley Shields, was pulled over for a DUI with a child and then got in a fight with the hospital staff trying to take care of her, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The incident occurred when Shields was driving down Old Alabama Road and allegedly driving out of control in her Toyota 4Runner. According to witnesses, she was going about 60 mph in a 35 mph zone. At some point she went across the double lines and crashed into a Jeep Cherokee and Nissan Altima coming in from the other side.

When the ambulance arrived they did not only extract Shields, but also her 18-month-old son. They were placed in the ambulance and taken to North Fulton Hospital.

Twenty-Two-Year Old Chasity Jones DUI: Officer Killed

A senior police officer, Gail Thomas, a 15-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, was hit and killed by a 22-year-old named Chasity Jones, reports WSB Radio.

Chasity Jones, of Stone Mountain, has been charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, and failure to yield.

The incident occurred when Officer Gail Thomas had just begun her shift. She had received a call to help a driver whose car had broken down on the side of the road. That was when Jones struck officer Thomas.

Kip Smith DUI After Meeting with Anheuser-Busch Lobbyists

It is extremely rare for a local DUI case to not only catch national attention but also to serve as commentary on the current state of American politics.

But it would seem that the Representative Kip Smith DUI, previously written about by FindLaw's Atlanta DUI Law Blog, may just have that many ripples.

February: Georgia Youth Conference with SADD

In an effort to raise awareness among young adults about problems and challenges they face -- which includes drunk driving and texting and driving -- the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) will be hostong a Youth and Young Adult Conference on February 3rd and 4th at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens, reports the Georgia Highway Safety website.

According to the website: "GOHS launched the annual youth safety conference concept nearly ten years ago to spread the important messages of buckling up, slowing down in your vehicle, not drinking and driving, and avoiding texting while driving."

Georgia State Rep Kip Smith DUI: Just the Facts

Twenty-nine-year-old Georgia State representative Kip Smith’s DUI seems to have struck some as rather ironic because of his advocacy of drug-testing for welfare recipients, reports ThinkProgress.

The state representative from Columbus was pulled over after leaving Hal’s restaurant on Old Ivy Road in Atlanta’s Buckhead area. He allegedly ran a red light traveling on Peachtree Road, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Rep. Smith reportedly blew a 0.91 on the Breathalyzer. This is over the 0.08 BAC limit in Georgia.

Cherokee County DUI's for New Year's Fairly Low

Cherokee County of Georgia, all things considered, did pretty well in terms of drunk driving arrests over New Year's, reports HollySprings-HickoryFlat Patch.

In total, there were only seven Cherokee County DUI arrests over New Year's. And it is interesting to note how the DUI arrests break down: four of the seven arrests were on New Year's Eve, until 4 a.m. Three more arrests occurred on New Year's Day. That means that just as many people were driving around drunk after midnight, as there were the next day.

Atlanta Sober Rides: Free Ride Home Via App

It was big news when the Driver Sober, Georgia campaign sponsored by Free Safe Rides Across Georgia offered free rides home to intoxicated people over New Year's Eve.

Unfortunately, that campaign, which will include Super Bowl Sunday, has a limitation. It is limited just to those two days! What do you do if you want a free ride home the rest of the year? Most people do go out more than twice per year, don't they?

Well, one online company is trying to solve that problem, and on a national basis no less. Called, this handy mobile app seeks to combine all the potential free ride home providers into one easy-to-use place.

Atlanta: Drunk Driver Hits Child on Northside Drive

The Falcons game did not go well for Atlanta, and the aftermath was even worse for one Atlanta child.

It turns out that after the game, near the Georgia Dome, a drunk driver hit a child and then left the scene after the accident, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The child, a 5-year-old, was struck at the intersection of Northside Drive and Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, reports the AJC. After the drunk driver allegedly drove off, his vehicle was stopped a short distance from the incident. And the driver was arrested and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

Currently, neither the name of the child hit on Northside Drive nor the driver have been released.

Booker T. Washington Assistant Principal Tanisha Thomas DUI

Booker T. Washington High School's assistant principle Tanisha Rodgers Thomas was recently charged in a hit-and-run and DUI, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

It doesn't look good for the assistant principal as she has been hit with seven charges, including driving under the influence, hit-run/leaving the scene of an accident, failing to obey a traffic control device, and various others.

Drunk Driver Crashes Into Cop Car

The police had stopped to issue a citation to one driver, only to get rammed from the back by a drunk driver, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The odd series of events occurred in the 3000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Two officers were in their patrol car, one writing a citation (what was the other one doing?), when a drunk driver crashed into their car.

The driver, Kimberly Kendricks, is 47-years-old, and has been charged with a slew of violations (as would be expected).