Articles Posted in DUI Laws in Georgia

driving-stoned-thcf-uMost everyone would agree that drinking and driving is a deadly combination. But even if the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol are well understood, the same cannot be said for the risk of driving under the influence of marijuana.

According to a major national survey, nearly half of the regular cannabis users in the United States believe that operating a motor vehicle while stoned is not dangerous. However, a recent study appears to contradict this belief.

This recent study, which was reported this Tuesday in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, recruited 28 heavy cannabis users and 17 non-users and placed them in a driving simulator. The cannabis users exhibited multiple dangerous driving behaviors – running red lights, hitting pedestrians, driving at high speeds, and getting into accidents. They were also much more likely to exhibit impulsive and rash behavior patterns than the group that did not use cannabis.

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Christmas is almost upon us, and New Year’s Eve is around the corner. For many people, this means a chance to enjoy some drinks with friends and family at Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Unfortunately, this means more people driving under the influence of alcohol. DUI-related arrests are at an all-time high between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, as are DUI-related fatalities. According to the US Department of Transportation, an average of 300 people lose their lives in drunk-driving related fatalities in the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Most people know that drinking and driving is dangerous, but not everyone is aware of the true cost of a DUI conviction. It is important to be aware of this, especially at a time of year like this, where DUI arrests and fatalities are at an all-time high.

A DUI is More Expensive Than You Think

The weather’s good, you’re on holiday, and you’re in the mood for fun. That’s great, but don’t let a DUI spoil your spring break.

If you’re heading out to have a good time, there’s a good chance you and your friends will be doing some drinking. That alone isn’t a big deal, but if you’re planning on driving home the same day or night, or even early the next morning, it’s not a good idea. In Georgia, there is zero tolerance towards drunk driving, especially for those who are underage – and the penalties are severe regardless of whether it’s a first offense or not.

If you are not drinking – or a friend isn’t – the best thing to do is for one of you to be the designated driver to get you all home safely.

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