Motorists in Georgia and elsewhere understand they must follow the rules of the road while operating a motor vehicle. Failure to do so could result in a traffic violation. However, some violations are more severe than speeding or rolling through a stop sign. If law enforcement believes that a motorist is under the influence of alcohol, they could face a drunk driving charge.
Law enforcement offices throughout the state of Georgia have the legal authority to use and execute sobriety checkpoints. Some communities across the state have announced that they will increase police presence on roadways and implement checkpoints, since drunk driving can be a problem during the week of July 4th. Georgia bases the permissibility of checkpoints on state and federal laws, as well as case precedent.
Summer is here and that means that people in Georgia will be going to the beach, going to parties or enjoying a much-deserved vacation. In any of these occasions, a person may have a beer or two. However, it is important to note that doing so could constitute a crime, especially if a person decides to get behind the wheel of a car while impaired.
When a Georgia resident is arrested for suspected drunk driving, they may have their blood alcohol concentration tested. Blood alcohol concentration, often shortened to the acronym "BAC," refers to the amount of alcohol that a person has in their system. The more alcohol a person has in their system, the higher their BAC will be and the more intoxicated they may be.
It is normal for Georgia residents to attend holiday parties this time of year. Whether they choose to celebrate with their families, friends or co-workers, it is a regular practice for many to get together and enjoy the company of the people they love as the end of the year winds down. For some, getting together in celebration may mean indulging in alcoholic beverages, a legal practice for adults who are of a certain age.
In the state of Georgia, a person is considered intoxicated if they are driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent. This means that even if the person is not exhibiting all of the signs and symptom of intoxication, they can still be convicted of drunk driving based solely upon a blood alcohol test. A DUI charge is a serious matter and a conviction can have lasting repercussions.
Across the nation, the legal drinking age is 21. However, most individuals know that not all young people wait until their 21st birthdays to take their first sips of alcohol.
Between the many barbeques and parties, fireworks and parades that Georgia residents will attend over the Fourth of July week many individuals will have to spend significant time in their vehicles. This is because all throughout the state individuals want to pass their time with the friends and family members that they love the most. And while they are in their vehicles and on their way to their destinations, police officers will be out in full force to watch for allegedly illegal conduct.