Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
February 2, 2006
Albany-- Over the past two years, Georgia has seen a significant increase in the number of DUI fatalities. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says confusing implied consent laws are part of the problem. Proposed changes may soon help crack down on impaired drivers and make Georgia's roads safer.
A 25 member task force including prosecutors, state legislators and law enforcement want to change some rules of the road when it comes to DUI.
"It'll help the officers make the arrests. It'll help the person who's out there on a crash understand their legal rights," says Sgt. Jamie Sullivan of Georgia State Patrol. Georgia. Sullivan says right now Georgia's Implied Consent Laws are confusing and complicated. "I would have to do all types of investigations to determine if the suspect is DUI or not before I can place him under arrest, before I can ask him the implied consent would he take a test," says Sullivan.
The law made it harder to prosecute impaired drivers after an appellate court decision in 2002. "We had this in place at one time that we could read a driver implied consent if they were involved in a serious motor vehicle crash but the appellate courts ruled that it was unconstitutional the way it was worded," says Fatalaties went up. So did the number of drivers refusing to take tests but new legislation may help change that.
"Our legislators feel like it would be a better job investigating motor vehicle crashes with serious injuries and fatalities if we'll be able to imply consent people before the custodial arrest is made," says Sullivan. The bill would give drivers a clearer view of the consequences of driving impaired. Also included is a proposal to give law enforcement more power in administering blood alcohol chemical tests by search warrants.
"Any help that we can get from our legislators is a win-win for all," says Sullivan. It's a win that could rid Georgia's roadways of drunk and impaired drivers with the help of less confusing laws.
The bill was introduced Thursday and is sponsored by several lawmakers including Senator Joseph Carter of Tifton.