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October 2012 Archives

In 2010, state legislators approved Senate Bill 360, prohibiting drivers from texting while behind the wheel.

While the law has been around for two years now, relatively few Georgia drivers have been convicted of violating it, Channel 2 Action News reports.

Are fewer Georgians texting while driving? Or is the law simply too hard for police to enforce?

Last month, Lucky Wade Jackson allegedly ran a red light in Martinez, killing 19-year-old Jordan Elizabeth White, The Columbia County News-Times reports.

Authorities held off on charging Jackson until the results from a blood alcohol test came back. Now the results are in, and Jackson is being charged with vehicular homicide. According to the results, Jackson's blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.

Cui Chen has been watching her 3-year-old grandson while the boy’s parents are out of the country. So what kind of grandma-grandson activities were the two up to this weekend?

Drunken driving, apparently. A witness called 911 on Saturday after spotting Chen wandering aimlessly through a Walmart parking lot with a toddler in tow. When officers caught up to Chen and pulled her over, she appeared severely impaired and had her grandson in the car, according to Channel 2 Action News.

It looks like Bibb Superior Court Judge Howard Simms is off the hook.

Simms was stopped last month during a road check and blew a BAC that was over the legal limit. However, the judge was able to sweet talk his way out of a DUI arrest and ended up driving himself home that night. Now Bibb Sheriff Jerry Modena says Simms probably won’t face charges in the incident, WMAZ reports.

Tailgating at the annual UGA/Florida game has been called the “world’s largest outdoor cocktail party.”

That’s why Georgia and Florida law enforcement officers will be working together to crack down on drunk drivers next weekend when the Bulldogs face off against the Gators, ABC News reports. Don’t end your night with a trip to the drunk tank.

A Cobb County mom apparently couldn’t wait until she got home to shoot up the heroin she’d bought.

Instead, Kelley Denise Rhodes decided to shoot up with her two kids in the car, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. She’s now facing numerous charges, including possession and reckless conduct.

Drunk drivers aren't the only ones who pay for a DUI accident. Under Georgia's dram shop law, the bars and restaurants that served the driver could be held liable as well.

Last month, Kelly Stevens, co-host of B 98.5's "Vikki and Kelly Show," was injured in a brush with a wrong-way driver on Ga. 400. Now Stevens plans to sue, not the wrong-way driver, but the bars that served her, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Jonesboro City Council member Joe Compton allegedly got pretty sloshed on Wednesday, according to CBS news.

So sloshed, that he reportedly took out a mailbox and blew a BAC that was nearly three times the legal limit. The councilman is now facing several charges, including DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

A Bibb County Superior Court judge may soon find out what it's like to be on the other side of the bench.

Judge Howard Simms was stopped at a west Bibb County license check last month, The Telegraph reports. Simms' blood alcohol content was reportedly slightly over the legal limit.

In February, Jenna Victoria Sevigny was nearly killed when she crashed her car into a tree while driving drunk.

Apparently, she didn’t learn her lesson. Last week, Sevigny was arrested and charged with her second DUI offense of the year, The Augusta Chronicle reports.

Drunken driving recently cost a Gwinnett deputy his job.

Robert Christopher Matt apparently went on a drunken joy ride early Wednesday that ended when he totaled his patrol car, Channel 2 Action News reports. Matt has since resigned from his position with the Gwinnett Sheriff's Department.

It's football season. That means it's tailgating season.

Tailgate parties are one of the few times it's socially acceptable to drink in a parking lot. However, it's important to keep it together and stay on the right side of the law.

Below, we've included a few tips to help you avoid ending up in the drunk tank while your friends are in the stands.

Former Atlanta Falcon Ray Buchanan turned 41 on Saturday. Buchanan must have gotten an early start celebrating.

He was nabbed for drunken driving at 3 a.m. Saturday, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Big Play Ray" was arrested and charged with DUI, speeding, and improper turning, according to booking records.