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MADD-Georgia Receives State Grant

The Georgia affiliate of Mothers Against Drunk Driving has received $156,624 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) for the 2021 grant year, according to a press release.

MADD Georgia will use the funds to continue to offer educational programs for prevention and awareness of impaired driving and underage drinking with its Power of Parents and Power of You(th) programs.

The grant provides much-needed funding to reduce the occurrence of drunk and drugged driving throughout the state by providing DUI prevention initiatives for law enforcement, military, educational, and community groups.

MADD will also utilize these resources to support GOHS campaigns such as Hands Across the Border, Click It or Ticket, and law enforcement recognition events, including MADD Georgia’s Annual Golden Shield Honors. MADD Georgia program staff serves as a team member on the state’s Impaired Driving and Young Adult Driving Task Forces.

The grant period for this award is through Sept. 30, 2021.

What is the Victim Impact Panel Class?

The Victim Impact Panel was designed to help DUI and drug offenders, caught driving under the influence, realize the impact their decisions have on the lives of those around them. It provides a glimpse into the lives of those affected by DUI accidents, the effects on the family and friends, and the lasting future effects victims live with every day.

Before getting behind the wheel after having a few, consider the many reasons why you should not.

A-1 is a Georgia-approved driving school offering Victim Impact Panels (VIP) courses at our 19 locations in Atlanta.

We offer the two-hour program for $55.00 per session with a certificate of completion.

For more information about DUI School visit www.a1drivingschools.com or call (770) 962-9555!

Rapper Silento Charged With Driving 143mph on I-85

Silento, or Richard “Ricky” Lamar Hawk, was charged with reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain lane, and improper stopping, news outlets reported.

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A DeKalb police report said Hawk was pulled over around 3 a.m. after an officer witnessed Hawk’s white BMW swerving around slower cars.

The report said Hawk initially argued with the officer about how fast he was going and insisted that he’d done nothing wrong.

Later, Hawk told the officer he was speeding because he normally gets followed when leaving events. He was at a club promoting his new song and that he could go 143 mph because he’s not “a regular person,” the report said.

The arrest comes a month after Hawk was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Hawk was accused of walking into an unlocked stranger’s home in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles and swinging a hatchet at the two people inside before one of them disarmed him.

Prior to that arrest, he was charged with inflicting corporal punishment on a spouse or cohabitant at a Santa Ana home on Aug. 28.

Speeding causes accidents!

Whether you are 15 and in need of taking the course or 45 and you just want to brush up on the rules and regulations of driving, A-1 Driving School is here to help!

Atlanta Drivers Education has been mandated for all 16-year-old drivers. We are here to spread the awareness of safe driving habits and that driving is a very serious responsibility.

We have 19 convenient locations around the metro Atlanta area offering different programs. For more information call (770)962-9555 or visit us at www.a1drivingschools.com!

Cobb Principal Charged With DUI

Pope High School principal Thomas Flugum, 54, was arrested in Woodstock after a Cherokee County Sheriff’s officer saw his BMW sedan not maintaining its lane, according to multiple media reports.

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After he was pulled over, Flugum said he’d left Sideline’s Bar and Grill, then declined to take a field sobriety test or answer further questions, the arresting officer wrote in his incident report.

Flugum was charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane, and misdemeanor obstruction.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that he posted bond about five hours after he was arrested.

“We are aware of the police report and, as a personnel matter which is being investigated, have no further comment,” a spokesperson for the Cobb County School District said in an emailed statement Thursday.

The next step for Flugum is to complete a clinical evaluation and the attendance of a DUI / Risk Reduction Program that’s certified/licensed by the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services before his driver’s license can be reinstated since he has been charged with one of the following:

  1. DUI
  2. Drug Possession
  3. Other drug offenses
  4. Under-age possession of drugs or alcohol

Before getting behind the wheel after having a few, consider the many reasons why you should not.

For more information about DUI School visit www.a1drivingschools.com or call (770) 962-9555!

Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Awards Grant

The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office has received a $54,178.00 Grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).

This grant was awarded based upon the partnership with The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in helping to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities across the State of Georgia.

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“The loss of one life on our roads is one too many, and the fact almost all fatal traffic crashes can be prevented is one reason why we are awarding this grant,” Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Allen Poole said. “The target of zero traffic deaths in our nation is achievable, and we will continue to help develop and implement educational messages and enforcement campaigns aimed at bringing our state one step closer to that goal.”

“We are grateful to be selected for this grant. This funding will help provide resources that will be used to help keep Georgia roads safe at no cost to our taxpayers,” stated Sheriff Billy Hancock.

As law enforcement partners in the Operation Zero Tolerance DUI and Click It Or Ticket seatbelt campaigns, the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office will also conduct mobilizations throughout the year in coordination with GOHS’s year-round waves of high visibility patrols, multi-jurisdictional sobriety checkpoints.

The grant will continue through September of 2021.

For more information on GOHS and its highway safety programs visit.

DUI Laws | What You Need to Know

The laws make it illegal for drivers of all ages to operate motor vehicles if they have BAC percentages of:

  • 0.08% or higher, if they’re 21 years old or older operating regular passenger vehicles.
  • 0.04% or higher, if they’re operating commercial vehicles.
  • 0.02% or higher, if they’re younger than 21 years old.

Georgia State law also requires clinical evaluation and the attendance of a DUI / Risk Reduction Program that’s certified/licensed by the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services before your driver’s license can be reinstated if you have been charged with any of the following:

  1. DUI
  2. Drug Possession
  3. Other drug offenses
  4. Under-age possession of drugs or alcohol

Before getting behind the wheel after having a few, consider the many reasons why you should not.

For more information about DUI School visit www.a1drivingschools.com or call (770) 962-9555!

Aaron Judge’s Girlfriend Pleads Guilty to DUI

The girlfriend of Yankees slugger Aaron Judge pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI after cutting a deal with prosecutors, TMZ reported.

Samantha Bracksieck, 26, was arrested for extreme DUI and four other charges while in Arizona for spring training.

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Extreme DUI, which is classified as a BAC of .15-.19 (or about twice the legal limit), usually comes with a mandatory minimum of 30 days in jail and Arizona is one of the toughest states with regards to sentencing, an attorney not involved with the case stated.

Bracksieck was sentenced to 10 days in jail and a judge ordered Bracksieck to attend an alcohol abuse screening and pay over $2,000 in fines and fees.

Bracksieck has had an on and off relationship with Judge, the 28-year-old face of the Yankees, since the two attended high school together in northern California.

“Do you know who my boyfriend is? … My boyfriend is in the spotlight in New York media in general,” Bracksieck said on police bodycam footage after being pulled over because her headlights were off and she was traveling 10 mph over the speed limit. “And now here I am handcuffed in Arizona … Like, that is not good.”

DUI Laws | What You Need to Know

The laws make it illegal for drivers of all ages to operate motor vehicles if they have BAC percentages of:

  • 0.08% or higher, if they’re 21 years old or older operating regular passenger vehicles.
  • 0.04% or higher, if they’re operating commercial vehicles.
  • 0.02% or higher, if they’re younger than 21 years old.

Georgia State law also requires clinical evaluation and the attendance of a DUI / Risk Reduction Program that’s certified/licensed by the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services before your driver’s license can be reinstated if you have been charged with any of the following:

  1. DUI
  2. Drug Possession
  3. Other drug offenses
  4. Under-age possession of drugs or alcohol

Before getting behind the wheel after having a few, consider the many reasons why you should not.

For more information about DUI School visit www.a1drivingschools.com or call (770) 962-9555!

Drivers in Georgia Rank Five on Rudest Drivers List

After analyzing more than 2 million insurance applications, Insurify data scientists determined the rudest driving violations as failure to yield, failure to stop, improper backing, passing where prohibited, tailgating, street racing, and hit-and-runs.

According to the Insurify’s data analysis, 41.4 out of 1,000 drivers were cited for rude driving behavior, specifically for their affinity for tailgating.

“Tailgating citations are 3.25 times more frequent in the Peach State than the national average. Failure to yield the right of way and passing violations are more common than average in Georgia, at 84.0 and 64.7 percent higher than the national average, respectively,” according to Insurify.

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Ruder than Peach State drivers is drivers in New York, Wyoming, Idaho, and Virginia, which earned the top spot with 48.5 out of 1,000 drivers doing their best at being the worst on the road.

The Insurify data scientists revealed that across the country running red lights ranks as the “most common offense.” Street racing is at the opposite end of the rude-behavior driving spectrum, with it occurring “90 percent less frequently.”

Tailgating is the cause of innumerable accidents, many of them serious. No matter how fast you’re going, you should be able to stop safely if the car in front of you were to slam on its brakes.

More space gives you:

  • More time to react and brake or steer if something unexpected happens;
  • Better visibility around the vehicle ahead;
  • More room to maneuver and lane change if there is a delay or obstruction in your lane;
  • A smoother ride because you no longer need to brake abruptly;
  • Better fuel economy and reduced vehicle wear because you are now driving more smoothly.
  • Keep a safe distance. While it is never safe to tailgate any vehicle on the highway, following too close is particularly dangerous around large trucks and buses because the size of these vehicles prevents you from seeing the road ahead and having sufficient time to react to slowing or stopped traffic or another obstacle.

Following too closely is always the cause of multi-car pileups on freeways and other roads.

The same safe driving practices that are taught in A-1’s Defensive Driving Class can apply to be a safe driver in a car and on a motorcycle. There is a lot of very useful and informative information in the class and it will apply whether you have been driving for years or you are a brand new driver.

For more information about class schedules or to see A-1’s 19 convenient locations call (770)962-9555 or visit us at www.a1drivingschools.com!

Hall School Board Member Charged with DUI

Mark Pettitt, who was originally arrested in December 2018 by Gainsville Police, was charged in a Sept. 13, 2019, accusation with driving under the influence of alcohol-less safe and failure to maintain lane.

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He was stopped near the intersection of EE Butler and Jesse Jewell parkways.

The Forsyth County Solicitor’s Office filed an amended accusation Aug. 21, changing the charges to reckless driving and failure to maintain lane. The file became available earlier this month from the Hall County Clerk of Courts.

According to a Gainesville Police report, he declined a standardized field sobriety test and a blood test.

When an officer is investigating a suspected DUI case, the officer must read the Georgia implied consent law.

“Georgia law requires you to submit to state-administered chemical tests … for the purpose of determining if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” according to the law. “If you refuse this testing, your Georgia driver’s license or privilege to drive on the highways of this state will be suspended for a minimum period of one year.

Tests can include breath, blood, or urine, and refusal of the last two forms can be used against the person in court.

A 2019 Georgia Supreme Court ruling said refusing a breath test could not be used against you in court. Law enforcement can ask a judge to issue a warrant for a blood draw.

The case has moved multiple times to different jurisdictions, from Gainesville Municipal Court to the Hall County Solicitor’s Office. Hall County prosecutors then recused themselves and sent the case to the Forsyth County Solicitor’s Office.

Georgia State law also requires a clinical evaluation and the attendance of a DUI / Risk Reduction Program that’s certified/licensed by the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services before your driver’s license can be reinstated if you have been charged with any of the following:

  1. DUI
  2. Drug Possession
  3. Other drug offenses
  4. Under-age possession of drugs or alcohol

Before getting behind the wheel after having a few, consider the many reasons why you should not.

For more information about DUI School visit www.a1drivingschools.com or call (770) 962-9555!

What to Know About Medical Marijuana Cards

The number of Georgians with cards allowing possession of medical cannabis has soared more than 70 percent in one year.

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Currently, 14,511 people in Georgia have permission to possess ‘‘low THC oil,’’ officials of the state’s Department of Public Health said this week. That’s up from 8,402 about a year ago.

THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, the one that gives users a “high.” The increase in cardholders comes despite the fact that it’s currently illegal to bring medical marijuana into the state.

Since 2015, Georgia has allowed people with several medical conditions to possess the oil, and it maintains a list of “permitted conditions” that can qualify a patient to do so. Last year, the state Legislature approved a bill allowing the production and sale of medical marijuana in Georgia.

A new commission has been formed to figure out how to produce or import the low THC oil.

The leading health condition among cardholders is “intractable pain,’’ which was added to the list of permitted conditions in 2017. That’s followed by peripheral neuropathy, cancer, seizures, post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis, autism, and Crohn’s disease.

Georgia’s medical marijuana law allows qualified patients to legally possess up to 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil, derived from the marijuana plant.

Colin Smith, clinical assistant professor at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health, said Wednesday that the increase in Georgia cardholders probably reflects current pain management practices.

“Physicians are moving away from prescribing opioids,’’ Smith said. Doctors are seeing low THC oil as an “alternative solution’’ to opioids, he said, even though it’s illegal to import the product into Georgia.

Currently, almost 1,000 physicians have registered to prescribe medical marijuana in Georgia.

DUI Laws | What You Need to Know

The laws make it illegal for drivers of all ages to operate motor vehicles if they have BAC percentages of:

  • 0.08% or higher, if they’re 21 years old or older operating regular passenger vehicles.
  • 0.04% or higher, if they’re operating commercial vehicles.
  • 0.02% or higher, if they’re younger than 21 years old.

Georgia State law also requires a clinical evaluation and the attendance of a DUI / Risk Reduction Program that’s certified/licensed by the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services before your driver’s license can be reinstated if you have been charged with any of the following:

  1. DUI
  2. Drug Possession
  3. Other drug offenses
  4. Under-age possession of drugs or alcohol

Before getting behind the wheel after having a few, consider the many reasons why you should not.

For more information about DUI School visit www.a1drivingschools.com or call (770) 962-9555!

 

Former Georgia Offensive Lineman Arrested on DUI Charge

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Isaiah Wilson was arrested and jailed on a DUI, according to the Nashville Tennessean.

Wilson, a first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans, was booked into jail.

The Tennessee Titans released the following statement:

“We are aware of the situation. This is not conduct that is indicative of the character of our football team and we are working through details on how to proceed.”

The 6-foot-5, 350-pound Wilson has made his fair share of headlines in Nashville, and not all for the right reasons.

Wilson’s name came up in a police report last month and received a trespass warning after he violated Tennessee State campus visitors policy.

Wilson is the second former Georgia first-round NFL pick arrested this offseason.

Georgia State law also requires a clinical evaluation and the attendance of a DUI / Risk Reduction Program that’s certified/licensed by the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services before your driver’s license can be reinstated if you have been charged with any of the following:

  1. DUI
  2. Drug Possession
  3. Other drug offenses
  4. Under-age possession of drugs or alcohol

Before getting behind the wheel after having a few, consider the many reasons why you should not.

For more information about DUI School visit www.a1drivingschools.com or call (770) 962-9555!