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Georgia law enforcers say if you don't wear your seat belt, you can expect to get a ticket. The annual May "Click it or Ticket" campaign got underway Monday across Georgia. Through the Memorial Day holidayMore >>
Georgia law enforcers annual click it or ticket campaign is underway, to get people to buckle up for safety.More >>
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Two Valdosta teenagers are charged with burglarizing a business after they were caught leaving the scene Sunday night. Police say around 11:30 p.m., a 15 and 14-year-old broke into On The Way Tax ServicesMore >>
Two Valdosta teenagers are charged with burglarizing a business after they were caught leaving the scene Sunday night. More >>
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With summer almost here, more motorcycles will be on the road. And south Georgia bikers urge you to watch out for them. They're asking car and truck drivers to look twice and make sure there is not aMore >>
South Georgia motorcyclists urge drivers to pay attention to the road, and look twice before pulling out.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 4:32 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:32:01 GMT
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Lakeland. Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents areMore >>
Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents are investigating two officers who were involved, a Lanier Co. Sheriff's deputy and a GSP trooper.More >>
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Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting. Robert Skinner, the NYSP director, outlined the program's services,More >>
Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting.More >>
November 7, 2002
Albany-- Driving a car isn't a right, it's a privilege. And if you don't obey the rules, you lose that privilege. In Georgia, more than 800,000 driver's licenses are on suspension. Many drivers don't know or don't care that their license is revoked, and continue to drive.
"You got in trouble, you know you got in trouble, and this isn't the first time down this road." Judge Paula Hanington reprimands a man facing a D.U.I. charge, "Mr. Frasier you've had 13 D.U.I.'s--this is your 14th D.U.I."
Besides jail time, steep fines, and probation, his license is suspended for one year--a common punishment for D.U.I. offenses. Hannington says, "Your liberty is butting heads with my responsibility." In Albany Municipal Court, roughly 20 times a week, Judge Hanington suspends licenses due to D.U.I.'s, driving without insurance, multiple traffic offenses, and, more than anything else, being caught driving on a suspended license.
Judge Hanington says, "Quite a bit, unfortunately, a lot of that goes on and it's a big problem in the community."
"Very often, I would have to estimate at least one out of every five cars we stop the driver's license is suspended." Trooper Scott McClure catches people driving on suspended licenses daily, "I'll ask them why they are driving. They know their license is suspended. A lot just don't care, they believe going to work, the store, over-rides the fact that their license is suspended."
Without a license for almost a year, Paul Mials has been relying on friends and family to get him around, "Finding people to take you back and forth to work, so you don't drive, taking care of shopping, going out with friends." Now, he is hoping to get his license renewed, "It's definitely a problem you do not want to go through."
But, its a problem for Mials that likely will not end anytime soon, "I was caught driving under a suspended license near Valdosta." Mials was caught driving with his license suspended , and will soon be going before another judge to face the consequences. Mials says, "Mandatory jail time plus fines and fees for court, its really a big deal."
Trooper McClure says, "Catching them is a problem." There is only one way to know if the driver next to you is behind the wheel illegally. Trooper McClure says, "Stopping them for expired tags, seat belt offenses, motor vehicle accidents."
When they are caught driving on a suspended license, the punishment is steep. Judge Hanington says, "On the first offense, 2 days jail, $650.00 fine, and the license is suspended for one year additional." And, for repeat offenders, the punishment gets harsher, in hopes of swaying people from driving without a license.
Over a 13 day period this summer, the Georgia State Patrol caught more than 2,500 people driving on a suspended license.