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Officer Struck by DUI Driver During Traffic Stop

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Officials say the crash happened on Georgia-400 South near Windsor Parkway around 1 a.m.

According to police, the officer was inside his patrol vehicle fully visible on the right shoulder with his emergency lights on when 24-year-old Khiry Smith ran into him.

Medics rushed the officer to a nearby hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

Smith has been charged with DUI, violation of the Georgia Move Over law, open container, and reckless driving.

Move Over Law:

  •  The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle that is displaying flashing yellow, amber, white, red, or blue lights shall approach the authorized emergency vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a peace officer, proceed as follows:
    1. Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
    2. If a lane change under paragraph (1) of this subsection would be impossible, prohibited by law, or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
  • Violation of subsection (a) or (b) of this Code section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00.

There is a lot of useful information such as this Move Over Law that is taught in driving 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!

Fatal Wrong Way Driving

A wrong-way driver was killed after crashing on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta, police said

The fatal wreck shut down the northbound lanes between Old Milton Parkway and Haynes Bridge Road for nearly four hours overnight, authorities said.

Alpharetta police confirmed the person driving the wrong way was killed in the crash, but authorities have not said whether anyone else was injured.

It’s unclear how many vehicles were involved in the wreck or how long the driver had been going the wrong way before the crash, which was reported about 3:45 a.m. The northbound lanes were reopened about 7:20 a.m.

It was the second wrong-way crash on a metro Atlanta highway of the week.

A Newnan man was killed when police said a woman driving the wrong way on I-285 slammed into his car head-on in DeKalb County. The wreck set off a chain reaction that shut down the eastbound lanes of the interstate for four hours near Flat Shoals Parkway. The victim was identified as 31-year-old Kevin Fitzpatrick, a father who was on his way to work when he was killed.

Driving practices and rules that are taught in A-1’s Defensive Driving Class can be applied to be a safe driver. 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!

Former Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Coach Charged with DUI

Jackson County Missouri prosecutors have announced felony charges against Britt Reid. If convicted, Reid could face a jail sentence of 1-7 years.

Investigators found that Reid was driving nearly 84 miles per hour just before the crash. The speed limit was 65.

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Reid’s blood alcohol concentration was .113, well above the legal limit of .08.

Reid was driving a white 2020 Dodge Ram when it struck two stationary cars on the side of an interstate.

Prosecutors alleged Monday that Reid, while under the influence of alcohol, “acted with criminal negligence by driving at an excessive rate of speed, failing to be aware of a disabled vehicle, striking it and causing physical injury to a child in that vehicle.

Police said Reid admitted to having 2-3 drinks and a prescription Adderall on the night of the crash. A DUI Unit officer “noted his eyes were bloodshot and red,” according to the probable cause statement.

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Ariel Young, the 5-year-old girl injured in the crash, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. She “suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, a parietal fracture, brain contusions, and subdural hematomas,” according to the prosecuting attorney’s office.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Ariel Young.

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!

Holy Cow!

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If you were driving on that stretch of highway around 9 a.m. or so, no, your eyes did not deceive you. It really was a cow that you saw running against traffic for reasons nobody is quite clear about.

No, it’s not the first time there’s been a “loose animal” on a Metro Atlanta interstate. This time, it was on Saturday morning on I-285 west, just before Ashford-Dunwoody Road.

Dunwoody police say the cow somehow fell out of a livestock trailer. Police say it took some help from a handful of officers and a citizen with a rope to finally capture the loose cow.

Nearly an hour, things slowly began returning to normal.

There were reports of a crash in the area and at one point, three lanes on the highway were closed. It is not yet clear if the cow was involved or not.

Motor collisions continue to injure and claim the lives of many people every year.

It is recommended that drivers practice defensive driving at all times to avoid collisions!

  • Drivers are advised to not drive too closely behind other cars so that they can have more time to maneuver in case those vehicles abruptly come to a stop.
  • Drivers should also activate their car signals whenever they decide to change lanes, turn a certain direction, speed up, or slow down.
  • Car owners must also carry out regular and proper maintenance of their vehicles.

The same and more 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 schedules call (770)962-9555 or more details can be found on A-1’s official website www.a1drivingschools.com.

Sandy Springs Officer Hospitalized

According to the police statement released on social media, the patrol officer had stopped another vehicle on the shoulder of the highway near Windsor Parkway and was in his patrol car with emergency lights activated when the crash occurred.

The patrol car was struck by another driver on Ga. 400 just before 1 a.m.

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Police have since identified the driver of the other vehicle as 24-year-old Khiry Smith of Atlanta. He now faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence, violation of Georgia’s “Move-Over” law, open container, and reckless driving.

Meanwhile, police haven’t specified the condition of the officer hit in the crash but stressed to the public the importance of using rideshare services rather than drinking and driving.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the officer involved.

“If you plan on drinking and need to get somewhere, please use services such as Uber, Lyft or call a friend,” the message stated. “Doing these simple things can save a life, including your own.”

Georgia State law 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.

The Georgia Move Over Law requires drivers to move over one lane when possible if:

  1. An emergency vehicle with flashing lights is parked on the shoulder of the highway
  2. If traffic is too heavy to move over safely, the law requires drivers to slow down below the posted speed limit instead AND to be prepared to stop.

Move Over Law:

  •  The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle that is displaying flashing yellow, amber, white, red, or blue lights shall approach the authorized emergency vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a peace officer, proceed as follows:
    1. Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
    2. If a lane change under paragraph (1) of this subsection would be impossible, prohibited by law, or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
  • Violation of subsection (a) or (b) of this Code section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00.

There is a lot of useful information such as this Move Over Law that is taught in driving 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!

Tips for Teens

Driving as a teen already puts you at an experiential disadvantage. That, combined with distracted driving behaviors, has prompted some alarming statistics.

  1. Car crashes are the leading cause of death and disability for teens.
  2. 78% of teenage crash deaths in 2019 were passenger vehicle occupants.
  3. About 2 of every 3 teenagers killed in crashes in 2019 were males.
  4. The risk of fatal crashes goes up in direct relation to the number of teens in a car.
  5. 28% of teen crashes in 2019 involved speeding.
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Distracted driving is putting more than the driver at risk. Next time you get in the car, limit your exposure to fatalities by doing the following things:

  • Wear a Seatbelt. In 2018, the CDC reported that almost half of the teens, ages 16-19, that died in fatal car accidents died while unrestrained.
  • Put Your Phone On Do-Not-Disturb
  • Don’t Drive Late at Night. Teenage motor vehicle crashes in 2018 were found to occur most commonly between 9:00 PM and midnight.
  • Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and stay safe.

The same and more 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.

If you’re gearing up for driving to and from school every day, these tips should help you protect yourself and those around you!

For more information about schedules call (770)962-9555 or more details can be found on A-1’s official website www.a1drivingschools.com.

Drivers Are Now Able to Pay Fines and Reinstate Their Driver’s License Online

The Georgia Department of Driver Services announced a new online feature for Georgia drivers.

According to a spokesperson, motorists can now go online to reinstate driving privileges or pay a citation.

Officials are hoping this will alleviate time as the state grapples with the pandemic.

“As we continue to be vigilant during this emergency period, we recommend using DDS remote services to reinstate your license if possible,” commented Commissioner Moore. “DDS Online Services allows customers to pay fees, reinstate and replace their driver’s license safely and conveniently without visiting in person,” said DDS Commissioner Spencer R. Moore.

In addition, customers may view, print, or email a list of their specific reinstatement requirements, pay fees and reinstate driving privileges online.

Eligible customers may request that a free replacement of their original license be mailed directly to them, and they can drive on the online receipt until it arrives. Most services are discounted by $5.00 when you use DDS Online Services or DDS 2 GO.

There are many reasons an individual might elect or be required to take the 6-hour Defensive Driving Class:

1. Ticket Dismissal

Many Courts in Georgia will dismiss a ticket for a traffic violation if the offender completes the 6-hour Defensive Driving Program prior to going to Court. If dismissed, there will be no points placed on your driving record and your insurance will not increase.

2. Points Reduction

You may complete the 6-hour Defensive Driving Program once every 5 years to remove up to 7 points from your record to prevent your license from being revoked.

3. License Suspension

If your license has been suspended, you must complete the 6-hour Defensive Driving Program before your license is reinstated.

4. Fine Reduction

The 6-hour Defensive Driving Program may be taken for a 20% reduction of the traffic fine and may result in the court not adding points to your record.

5. Insurance Discounts!

If you have a clean driving record for 3 years, you may take the 6-hour Defensive Driving Program to receive a 10% -15% discount on your auto insurance premium. The insurance discount percentage is determined by your insurance company.

Earn Your Certificate of Completion Today! Register for Defensive Driving Class.

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

Gwinnett County School Bus Drivers to Receive Hourly Raises

Gwinnett County announced it would increase wages by $1.90 for all bus driver positions beginning in April, making the hourly range $17.63 to $24.98!

Gwinnett Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks touted the district’s bus drivers who worked through the pandemic delivering meals and eventually transporting limited numbers of students to school.

“The Gwinnett County Board of Education and I know that this has not been an easy time and that our bus drivers have served on the front lines — interacting, caring, and transporting students safely each and every school day,” Wilbanks said. “We have the best bus drivers in the business … that is not something we take for granted and we are pleased to be able to recognize you with this pay raise in April.”

A district spokesperson said Gwinnett bus drivers also will be eligible to receive any cost of living increase and longevity step increase for the 2021-22 school year.

The district said interested candidates can submit an application at www.GCPSJobs.Org/Drivers if they are 21-and-older, have a clean driving record, and high school diploma or GED.

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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.

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.

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!

Cobb Solicitor General Arrested on DUI Charge

Cobb County Solicitor General Barry E. Morgan, head of the office that prosecutes all misdemeanor DUI cases for the county, was arrested in Cherokee County for driving under the influence and failing to stay in his lane.

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A Cherokee Sheriff’s deputy arrested Morgan after spotting a red Chevrolet Corvette heading south on I-575 and swerving out of its lane, according to a press release from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Morgan’s blood alcohol content was .097, according to the release. Drivers are considered legally drunk in Georgia with a blood alcohol content of .08, or higher.

A Cobb County native, Morgan has had a long and distinguished career as a prosecutor.

From 1988-92, he served as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting narcotics and organized crime cases in Cobb County. He became the Chief Assistant Solicitor General for Cobb State Court in 1993, and served in that capacity until 1998, according to his biography on the Cobb County website.

Gov. Zell Miller appointed Morgan as the Solicitor General for Cobb County in 1998. He has been elected to that position six times since, most recently in 2018.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving named Morgan its 2013 Prosecutor of the Year in Georgia.

“I take full responsibility for my actions and decisions, and will accept the consequences as soon as a special prosecutor is appointed,” Morgan said in the statement.

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!

What is The Move Over Law?

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The Georgia Move Over Law requires drivers to move-over one lane when possible if:

  1. An emergency vehicle with flashing lights is parked on the shoulder of the highway
  2. If traffic is too heavy to move-over safely, the law requires drivers to slow down below the posted speed limit instead AND to be prepared to stop.

Move Over Law:

  •  The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle that is displaying flashing yellow, amber, white, red, or blue lights shall approach the authorized emergency vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a peace officer, proceed as follows:
    1. Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
    2. If a lane change under paragraph (1) of this subsection would be impossible, prohibited by law, or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
  • Violation of subsection (a) or (b) of this Code section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00.

There is a lot of useful information such as this Move Over Law that is taught in driving 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!