General Driving – A-1 Driving School

Twin 3-Year-Old Girls Found Dead in Hot Vehicle

The girls in foster care were found dead in a hot vehicle in Georgia, according to a statement by the City of Hinesville.

The statement said someone called 911 at 1:42 p.m. to report that two children who’d been missing had been found unresponsive in a vehicle in the backyard of a home.

First responders arrived and found the two deceased toddlers inside. The temperature was around 92 degrees Fahrenheit at the time, according to CNN Weather.

The girls, Raelynn and Payton Keyes, and according to Whitney Morris-Reed, public relations manager for the City of Hinesville. Police said the girls didn’t reside at the house where they were found but often spent time there.

“A search warrant for the home was obtained and GBI was contacted to assist with the investigation,” according to the city’s statement. “A crime scene unit processed the scene with the assistance from GBI and the bodies of the children were removed from the scene and taken to the crime lab. Autopsies will be performed on Monday, September 30.”

Captain Tracey Howard with Hinesville police told CNN that it’s too early in the investigation to determine how the children ended up inside the car.

The girls had been living with their foster parents and two other siblings for about a year and a half.

Photo: Google Images

Why leaving children in a hot car is dangerous:

There is no safe amount of time to leave any child in a car alone! Every 10 days in the U.S. a child dies when left alone in the car. The temperature in a car rises rapidly in the first 30 minutes, even on a cool day. Additionally, leaving the car windows open or cracking them open does not allow enough air into the vehicle.

If a child is overheating, they will present some or all of these symptoms:

  • Agitation
  • Disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Rapid breathing
  • Seizure
  • Unconsciousness
  • Vomiting

A child’s body warms up 3-5 times faster than an adult’s body!

Do you want to learn more about safe driving practices?

These and many more are tips and tricks that are taught at A-1 Driving School! You can apply to be a safe driver in a car today. There is a lot of very useful and informative information in the class that you can apply to your daily driving habits.

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!

No One Cares About Right of Pedestrians on Roads

Though most city roads have the provision of zebra crossing near traffic signals and other intersections, drivers seem to show a disregard for them as they can often be seen violating norms.

At places where zebra crossings are available, vehicles are required to be stopped behind them but at most such places, vehicles can be seen standing on these lines, which hardly leaves any place for pedestrians to cross.

“People do not have the habit of following simple traffic etiquette or maybe they are not even aware. There is a need to impart education on traffic etiquette so that people start following the rules,” said an elderly Jagjit Singh.

Photo: Google Images

CLICK HERE to view what drivers must know about pedestrians!

What Are Right-of-Way Laws?

Right-of-way laws determine who must yield to whom when entering roadways, making turns, changing lanes, and crossing intersections in and out of crosswalks. Right-of-way differs depending on where the driver or pedestrian is located. It also depends on the circumstances in which a person or driver enters an intersection.

One thing to note is that Georgia’s right-of-way laws do not state who has the right-of-way. Rather, they state who is required to yield the right-of-way in certain instances. For example, a driver must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian who is inside a crosswalk.

What Are Georgia’s Rules for Crossing Intersections? 

Pedestrians must cross intersections at a crosswalk. While most people consider a crosswalk as the pathway across the intersection denoted with white lines (i.e., a marked crosswalk), it is important to note that there are both marked and unmarked crosswalks.

An unmarked crosswalk is a line between one side of the roadway and the other. The only way this differs from a marked crosswalk is that there are no distinguishing marks.

If a pedestrian is in either a marked or unmarked crosswalk, he has the right-of-way. Drivers must yield to pedestrians already inside these crosswalks, regardless of whether the driver has a green light or not.

What Responsibilities Do Drivers Have?

According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, motorists must stop and stay stopped for pedestrians at crosswalks. Drivers must stay put until the pedestrian has vacated the driver’s side of the road.

Georgia law also holds that a driver cannot overtake another motorist who has stopped for a pedestrian.

What Responsibilities Do Pedestrians Have?

Pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to drivers outside of crosswalks. While you can cross the street outside of a crosswalk, you must wait until traffic has cleared. If a pedestrian is hit outside a crosswalk, they might be liable for any injuries he sustains.

While pedestrians do have the right-of-way in crosswalks, Georgia’s crosswalk laws dictate that “no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impractical for the driver to yield.”

If you step into a crosswalk in front of oncoming traffic and suffer injuries in an accident, you might be liable for your own injuries.

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!

Ex-Forsyth County Deputy Faces DUI After Showing up Drunk to 9/11 Luncheon

A Forsyth County deputy who was fired after allegedly going to a luncheon Sept. 11 while drunk was arrested on a DUI charge, authorities confirmed.

Gregory Martin Cannon, 46, was fired Sept. 13 after another deputy reported the incident internally, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Doug Rainwater told AJC.com.

Photo: AJC.com

Cannon was confronted by sheriff’s office commanders  “within minutes of the notification” at the 9/11 luncheon, Rainwater said.

Police believe Cannon, 46, “drove a county car to work” while intoxicated, Forsyth County News reported.

Cannon was placed on administrative leave and taken for an alcohol test. He was fired two days later.

He had no disciplinary history, according to Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council records.

“Agency policy clearly prohibits the use of alcohol on duty and sets strong standards of conduct for off duty actions of its employees as well,” the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said in a release. “Citizens of Forsyth County deserve the highest level of professionalism and any employee using alcohol on duty has betrayed that trust and will be held accountable.”

Cannon had been a deputy with the agency since 2007, the sheriff’s office said.

It goes to show that no one is above the law! 

Georgia State law requires a clinical evaluation and the attendance of the DUI 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

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

Johns Creek Dad Accused Of DUI With Kids

Frank Watson, 41, of Johns Creek was arrested on Rivermont Parkway for DUI, endangering a child by driving under the influence, interference with government property, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, and driving without taillights, Fulton County Jail records show.

Johns Creek officers received a call after 8:30 p.m. that two suspicious cars were at a house that was for sale and unoccupied near Rivermont Parkway. The caller said one vehicle had already left but the second was still there.

Photo: ajc.com

When officers arrived, the second car began driving away with all lights off.

The officer caught up to the driver, who was Watson, and suspected he was drunk.

Police also noticed two children in the car with him. While he was being questioned, Watson reportedly said he had two beers 20 minutes earlier that evening and was struggling to stand up, the report said.

Watson soon became combative with the officers and arguing, resisting arrest and calling officers racial slurs, the report said. When officers spoke with the children, Watson started kicking the patrol car door so loudly his children could hear.

Watson’s wife, the children’s stepmother, arranged for neighbors to come and pick up the children and car until she could get home.

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!

Motorcycle Driver Arrested For Going 163 MPH On Ga. 400

A 30-year-old man from Cumming was arrested early morning after he was caught traveling 163 MPH on his motorcycle along Ga. 400, Alpharetta police say.

Police saw the motorcycle traveling at over 100 MPH on Ga. 400 southbound south of Old Milton Parkway and issued a lookout.

Another officer saw the sportbike approaching and began to follow the motorcycle. As they were approaching the Mansell Road exit ramp, the motorcycle changed lanes and began to accelerate, the police report said

While behind the bike, the officer saw they were driving around 150 MPH in a 65 zone. The officer said in the report the bike was going 163 MPH per his radar.

The bike turned off the highway at the Holcomb Bridge Road exit, and officers were able to arrest the driver.

The officer asked the driver if there was a reason for him going so fast, and he said he was “just out for a ride,” according to the report. He said he knew he was going well over 100 MPH, but did not know he was going that fast. The driver also said that the bike was quick, and he just barely squeezed the throttle, the report said.

Speeding causes accidents!

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.

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!

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

Chattanooga Defense Attorney Charged with DUI

Police arrested longtime Chattanooga defense attorney Jennifer Lawrence and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI).

The officer was at the intersection of MLK Boulevard and Georgia Avenue when he spotted Lawrence’s vehicle stopped in the travel lane. It says on the record that was obtained that a man was standing at the driver’s side door helping her out of her SUV.

Witnesses told the officer they saw Lawrence’s SUV turn on to Georgia Avenue and hit two parked vehicles.

The officer says he asked Lawrence to move to the sidewalk, and that she “seemed confused during our conversation.” The officer asked Lawrence if she was on any medication or had had anything to drink, she replied she was on blood pressure medication but had not had anything to drink that morning. The officer says she admitted to drinking alcohol the night before.

The officer then performed a field sobriety test, which he says she failed.

Lawrence was then arrested and booked, and the officer got a warrant to give her a blood test at the Hamilton County Jail.

It goes to show that no one is above the law! 

Georgia State law requires clinical evaluation and the attendance of the DUI 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

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

 

 

Cherokee Bus Drivers Honored

Cherokee County Schools school bus drivers, bus technicians, and transportation support staff engaged in annual training together in July, brushing up on safety procedures and preparing to run routes for 2019-20.

Director Jim Georges also took the opportunity to recognize several members of the Transportation staff for recent achievements, including the local winners of the School Bus Road-E-O driving competition.

CCSD first-place Road-E-O driver Christine Minter placed 10th overall at the state competition, which was held in June in Warner Robins.

Mary Stout placed second in the CCSD Road-E-O and Greg Caudle placed third.

CCSD’s Special Needs team Paige Waters, driver, and Debbie Prater, monitor, won third place in the state competition.

Vehicle technician Jeremiah Bradberry was recognized for his third-place win in the State Technician competition.

Thank you to the Cherokee bus drivers and to all of the other bus drivers who work hard to keep our kids safe!

The common rule of always stopping for a stopped school bus is not always correct.

Always Stop for a School Bus, when…

  1. Approaching behind a school bus when its’ lights flash yellow and red.
  2. Driving on either side of a 2-lane highway, both sides of traffic must always stop! for a stopped school bus.

Never Stop for a School Bus, when…

  1. Driving on the opposite side of traffic, on a 4-lane highway.

This is the common mistake most motorists make when approaching a stopped school bus.

If you are driving on the opposite side of the traffic of a school bus, on a 4-lane highway, always proceed with caution, but always keep moving! Stopping will impede traffic and may cause accidents.

To combat careless driving in school zones and bus routes, law enforcement has increased between 6:00 am to 9:00 am and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

For more safe driving information or safe driving practices, A-1 Driving Schools has 19 convenient locations around metro Atlanta that all offer defensive driving courses!

For more information please call (770)962-9555 or visit us at www.a1drivingschools.com!

22-Year-Old Killed in Gwinnett Motorcycle Wreck

A Monroe man died after colliding with an SUV on Highway 78 near Rosebud Road in a wreck that temporarily shut down the highway.

Bailey Hill was driving his motorcycle eastbound on Highway 78 near Loganville at about 8:30 a.m. when he apparently ran a red light and collided with an SUV, police said.

He was ejected from the motorcycle and later died at a local hospital.

Following the impact with Hill, the driver of the SUV veered off the road and ran over a sign. It’s not immediately clear who was driving the SUV or whether they were injured.

Both vehicles were impounded to the Gwinnett County Police Department Headquarters for further analysis, and the department’s accident investigation unit is looking into the wreck.

Our condolence goes to the family and friends of Bailey Hill.

As a driver, it’s almost second nature to drive in traffic with other cars or trucks. However, when driving in traffic with motorcycles, there are other considerations drivers should make.

Here are some helpful suggestions about how to share the road with motorcycles, and keep both you and the motorcyclists safer:

  1. Pay attention.
  2. Signal in time so that a motorcyclist may react to your vehicle.
  3. Observe an ongoing turn signal on a motorcycle as a forgotten turn signal.
  4. Follow with plenty of room to spare.
  5. Stay aware when approaching intersections or preparing to make a turn.
  6. Realize road conditions affect motorcyclists more than drivers of other vehicles.

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 30 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!