DUI | WABE 90.1 FM


Downtown Connector March 2015
Alison Guillory / WABE

The Georgia State Patrol reports 20 people were killed in roadway accidents over the Thanksgiving break.

Among the counties where fatal crashes occurred: Bryan, Carroll, Cobb, Decatur, Floyd, Lamar and Warren.

The GSP also reports nearly 300 people were injured in just over 600 crashes state-wide.

There were 273 DUI arrests also made in Georgia.

Republican state Rep. Tom Taylor of Dunwoody, was arrested last week on charges he was driving under the influence of alcohol, after he was pulled over for driving 72 mph in a 45 mph zone while transporting four juveniles in the northeast Georgia city of Clayton, according to a police report of the incident obtained by WABE.

The Clayton Tribune first reported Taylor’s arrest Thursday.

His blood alcohol level at the time was .225, nearly three times the legal limit of .08., according to a breathalyzer test administered by police outside his vehicle.  

Driver being given a breathalyzer test.
miguelrd68 / Special to WABE

Over the last five years, the number of DUI convictions has been dropping, but it’s not clear why.

According to Georgia Health News, it may be connected to more drivers refusing to take sobriety tests.

In Georgia, if an officer pulls you over and asks you to walk in a straight line, stand on one leg or blow into a breathalyzer, you can say no.

If you opt out, your license is suspended for one year, but you get a temporary license while you fight the charge.

Pulled over by police for speeding
kenstein / flickr.com

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says authorities will be on the lookout for suspected drunk drivers on Super Bowl Sunday.

Officials say football fans should pick a designated driver or take a cab home Sunday if their game day plans include alcohol.

Governor's Office of Highway Safety officials say drivers should download the Drive Sober, Georgia application which lists paid and free sober ride programs.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio addresses members of his DUI chain gang Dec. 11, 2007, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Matt York / Associated Press

Inmates at a Georgia jail will soon be wearing hot-pink uniforms, an idea borrowed from an Arizona sheriff.

Gary Jones, the public safety chief in the east Georgia city of Grovetown, said he hopes the inmates will be seen in their pink uniforms while collecting litter on public roads. Jones tells The Augusta Chronicle that he envisions motorists driving by and deciding they never want to be in that position.