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Who is Most Likely to Get a DUI?

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Who Gets DUIs? You may not think you know anyone who’s had a DUI but you almost definitely do. DUIs are unfortunately all too common in the U.S. – in 2012 alone almost 30 million people admitted to drunk driving in the U.S. Over a million people are arrested each year under the suspicion of DUI. That’s way, way too many. Let’s take a quick look at who’s statistically the most likely to be charged with a DUI and also who’s most likely to be affected by them. MEN Men are almost two times as likely to drive drunk. Over 15% of all males admit to driving drunk and men account for a vast majority of all DUI arrests. YOUNG DRIVERS A full third of all drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes each year are between 21-24 years old. That means college students, young professionals, and young parents are all...
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The 7 Most Ridiculous Ways to Get a DUI

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Ridiculous Ways to Get a DUI- It’s easier than you think to get a DUI. Plenty of people offer totally untrue advice: “You can’t get a DUI on a bike!” or “If you’ve only been drinking beer you can’t get a DUI.” But sometimes the way people get a DUI is so utterly ridiculous it needs to be remembered for posterity, if not for the lessons. Here are the seven most ridiculous ways you can get a DUI. 1. On a Lawnmower Yup, on a lawnmower. As recently as last month a man was arrested in Colorado for driving his riding lawnmower the wrong way down a one-way street. And guess what? Even if you’re in your own yard, you’re still operating a motor vehicle when you’re mowing so save the drinking for after. 2. In a Recliner In 2008 a Minnesota man drove his motorized Lay-Z-Boy chair, complete with...
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Teen Driving Laws in GA You Need to Know

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Teen Driving Laws You Need to Know-   Maybe you’re a teen who (finally!) has your license, or maybe you’re the parent of a teen who’s just started driving. In Georgia, as in many states, special laws and regulations apply to teen drivers as they become more comfortable behind the wheel and it’s important you know them all before you or your teenager hit the road. Ignorance is never an excuse for disobeying traffic laws and in breaking these rules can get you a ticket or worse, get your license suspended. If you’re a Georgia teen and you’re new to driving, be sure to pay attention to these specific traffic restrictions. Joshua’s Law: Joshua’s Law went into effect in 2007 and effectively tightened the requirements for receiving a Class D driver’s license in Georgia. A Class D license is a provisional license (more on that in a minute.) In order...
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The Most Common Reasons for Traffic Stops

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Common Reasons for Traffic Stops -  About half of all traffic stops initiated by the police result in traffic tickets. About 8% of all drivers on the road will get pulled over each year, and men are more likely than women to be stopped. Contrary to popular belief about 85% of drivers say they had a legitimate reason to be stopped. Only about 5% of traffic stops result in a search of the driver or the car. So, how can you avoid getting pulled over? First and foremost, attend a certified defensive driving course in your area to ensure you’re up-to-date on the rules and regulations of the road! Ignorance is not an excuse under the law. Here are the most common reasons police pull over drivers: SPEEDING Speeding is by far and away the #1 reason police pull over drivers. You should always obey the posted speed limits and...
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Signs You May Need a DUI Risk Reduction Class

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Signs You Need a DUI Class It's never easy to admit that your drinking has become a problem. There are over  18,000,000 people  suffering from disordered alcohol use in the U.S. alone and there's absolutely no shame in realizing when your casual drinking has gone too far. One of the surest ways to know you may be struggling with alcohol control is if you've ever driven while under the influence or even been stopped for DUI. Studies show that most people charged with a DUI have driven drunk dozens of times before they were pulled over so if you've reached that point it's probably time for help. Here are a few signs you may need to sign up for a licensed DUI Risk Reduction class in your area so you can head off destructive behaviors at the pass... You Have a DUI on Your Record If you’ve been charged and...
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4 (Really Good) Reasons to Take a Georgia Defensive Driving Course

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Reasons To Take Defensive Driving Course-    There are plenty of reasons not to take a defensive driving course. What if it’s boring? What if you don’t pass? What if you don’t learn anything? Here in Georgia, though, there are more than enough really good reasons to get yourself signed up for defensive driving stat. Here are four perfectly good, hard to argue with reasons to take an online defensive driving course in Georgia right now.   1. Reduce the points on your license. Depending on what kind of moving violation you’ve been charged with, completing your defensive driving certificate in Georgia may help you remove some points from your license. Every 5 years, GA drivers are eligible to remove 7 points from their license by taking a course at an approved defensive driving instructional facility – online courses do not apply. Once you get 15 points on your license...
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BIG Changes to Georgia's DUI and Traffic School Laws Effective Immediately!

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BIG Changes to DUI and Traffic School Laws Effective Immediately! Did you know July 4th weekend is consistently the deadliest weekend on the road? With so many people out and about, many consuming alcohol, it's no surprise that over  40% of all DUI deaths  between 2007 and 2011 occured during July 4th weekends. That's too many. Effective on July 1, 2014, Georgia made some sweeping changes to laws regulating DUI and Defensive Driving Classes statewide. These laws affect every driving school, every student, and every DUI case in GA and it's important you be aware.   Here are the major changes to Georgia's DUI and traffic school laws: Class rates (which are mandated by the state) are going up - no school is legally allowed to charge less DUI classes are now $355, up from $292 Defensive Driving class fees have gone from $75 to $95 Those court-ordered to take...
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5 Proactive Ways to Save Money on Your Car Insurance

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Save Money on Your Car Insurance -   Is it just us or is car insurance getting out-of-control expensive? Especially if you’ve got kids who drive, car insurance payments can set you back thousands upon thousands per year, even if you’re a safe driver! Obviously we’re biased but we think good drivers should be rewarded for driving safely and their insurance rates should reflect that. Whether you’re paying too much, just went through a rate hike, or are new to car insurance and can barely believe your first statement, here are five proactive ways to save money on your insurance bill.   1. Call your insurance provider. It seems simple, but the first step you should take when looking to lower your insurance payments is to reach out directly to your provider. They may offer discounts you weren’t aware of or they may lower your rate if you say you’re...
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Distracted Driving Doesn't Just Include Texting

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Distracted Driving Reasons -   Distracted driving is no small matter. Over 3,000 people a year are killed in distracted driving crashes in the U.S. alone, and 10% of all teens involved in accidents say they were distracted in some way. Of course, texting gets a lot of press for being the most pressing distraction today, but there are plenty of other things people are doing while driving that put everyone at risk. The first thing you learn during defensive driving classes is that a distracted driver is a deadly one. That's true! Don't just assume that because you've put the phone away you're in the clear...these distractions are just as dangerous when you're behind the wheel. Eating Our fast-paced lives and availability of fast food mean lots of people have taken to eating while driving. While it's probably fine to sip a soda or chew gum while driving you...
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6 Things to Look for in a Traffic School

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What To Look For In An Online Traffic School We know, we know. You've been court ordered to take DUI classes or maybe you just need to brush up your skills in a defensive driving class. No one's usually all that  excited  to be going to traffic school (except us, but we're biased!) but that's okay! All you really need to focus on is learning and growing as a driver. In the meantime, why not attend a driving school that's, at the very least, comfortable and relatively enjoyable? At North Metro, we pride ourselves on creating the kind of environment we'd want to take driving classes in, and our students tell us they can feel the difference. Next time you need to sign up for traffic school, even if you're not in the Atlanta area, look for these six things...   1. Convenient Location Odds are, you're going to be...
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Summer's Here...Are Convertibles Safe?

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Are Convertibles Safe? When the weather warms up you can bet you'll see more convertibles on the road. Our office is in the southeastern U.S. which means people start putting the tops down around April...and that raises the question, are convertibles safe? Whether you're thinking of trading in your car for something more sporty or your kids have a friend with a canvas top covertible, you should know a few things about the overall safety of these kinds of cars. First and foremost, safety. Even the NHTSA says convertibles are "likely to be less crashworthy than the same model with a hard top." It just makes good sense. Even with roll bars, canvas-covered vehicles provide less protection in the event of a rollover or a high-speed crash. You and your family members are far more likely to be thrown from a convertible than a conventional car. The good news is,...
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What is "Defensive Driving" and Why do Your Teens Need It?

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What is "Defensive Driving"? Do Teens Need It? Defensive driving is a skill every teen driver should have, but what exactly  is  defensive driving? In essence, defensive driving is the ability to "defend" yourself as the driver of a vehicle against possible threats to your safety and risks of accidents. Good drivers are those who drive on the defense, not the offense, and every teen on the road should know a specific set of skills to help themselves stay safe and also protect others on the road. If any of the following describes your kids, they may need to take a defensive driving class in your area before you hand over the keys: They've had trouble following house rules or other parameters you set for them They make rash decisions that show little insight or forethought They've had trouble with motor skills and reaction time while playing sports They're highly...
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19 Excuses You Need to Stop Making for Driving Drunk

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Excuses To Stop Making for Driving Drunk Did you know over 15,000 people die in DUI-related crashes in the U.S. every single year? That’s way, way too many. In fact, DUI driving deaths are one of the most preventable kinds of auto accidents that exist, but far too many drivers are excusing their bad behavior time and time again. Nearly 1.5 million people are arrested for DUI each year and some statistics indicate about 80% of all DUI offenses are committed by less than 5% of the total pool of DUI offenders. That’s staggering. So, are you making excuses for driving while intoxicated? Are your friends excusing their DUIs? If you’ve thought, said, or heard any of these 19 excuses recently you need to take a good hard look at the danger you’re putting yourself and others in. You’re at risk of causing a terrible accident, injuring someone, or at...
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7 Things You Need to Know About Motorcycle Accidents

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Things You Need to Know About Motorcycle Accidents -  Who hasn't dreamed of crusing on a motorcycle? The wind in your hair (under your helmet, of course), the feel of the open road, the speed, the power...But before you rent a Harley for the weekend or take your friend up on his hog-riding offer you should know that the seat of a motorcycle is one of the most dangerous places you can be on the road. Here are 7 things you need to know about motorcycle accidents that might save your life... 1. Between 1999 and 2008, motorcycle deaths in the U.S. effectively doubled.  Over 1,200,000 non-life threatening motorcycle crash injuries were treated in ERs across the coutry while more than 34,000 people were killed . 2. Motorcyclists are over 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than cars.  Lack of protection and safety gear...
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Are You Driving one of the Most Dangerous Vehicles on the Road?

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Are You Driving A Dangerous Vehicle on the Road? Some cars are more dangerous than others. That’s a fact. Of course, many accidents are due to factors like weather, lack of education, and recklessness rather than defects within the cars themselves. Still, certain models and makes of cars have higher-than-average accident statistics and it’s something worth considering, especially if you’re driving kids or have teens of driving age. Here’s a quick look at some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road you should think twice about taking for a spin… Chevy Corvette Sure, they may look cool but Chevy Corvettes have arguably killed more people than any other car in history. It likely has something to do with the type of people who tend to buy Corvettes and the fact they go from 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds. For every 10,000 Corvettes registered in the U.S....
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What to do If You've Been Pulled Over for DUI in Georgia

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What to do If You've Been Pulled Over for DUI -  Have you been pulled over for suspicion of a DUI in GA? There are few things more terrifying than flashing blue lights in your rearview mirror, particularly if you've been drinking. It's important to remember that the only surefire way to avoid being convicted of a DUI is to AVOID DRINKING AND DRIVING. The legal limit for adults over 21 years of age in Georgia is a BAC of no more than .08%. If you're under 21, it's 0.0%.  Risking a DUI is never, ever worth it. Not only are DUIs incredibly expensive, difficult to move past, and scary, you run the distinct possiblity of hurting yourself or others if you drive while intoxicated. A full 40% of all accident fatalities in the U.S. each year can be linked to drunk driving. Remember: buzzed driving is drunk driving. Just...
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What are the Deadliest Days of the Year?

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Deadliest Days of the Year? It’s a no-brainer that certain days or periods mean tougher driving conditions. For example, this winter’s icy weather meant inclement road conditions for much of the country and anyone who’s sat in stop-and-go traffic during their commute can tell you that rush hour’s a dangerous time to be behind the wheel. But did you know that for teenagers, there are 100 days out of the year that put them at specific risk for being killed in a drunk driving-related accident? In fact, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day (summer vacation for most kids) contains 9 of the 10 deadliest days of the year, statistically, for teen drivers. Why? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services say about 6% of all 16-17 year olds reported driving while intoxicated in 2010, along with 15% of 18-20 year olds. Over 3,000 teenagers were killed in...
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Who’s Been Charged With a DUI Lately?

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  Who’s Been Charged With a DUI? These famous names can’t seem to keep themselves out of trouble. From music artists to politicians, no one’s above the law when it comes to being charged with DUI. If you drink and drive you can count on getting caught…and the penalties for drunk driving in the U.S. are no laughing matter. You’ll likely have to pay a hefty fine, incur points on your license, and attend a DUI risk reduction class in your area to satisfy court orders. Avoid these consequences by always using a designated driver, never drinking if you’re under 21, and calling a cab when you need a ride! Don’t be like these folks… Chris Pine Star of the revamped Star Trek movies, Chris Pine was charged with a DUI in New Zealand, of all places, on March 1. His NZ driver’s license has been suspended for 6 months...
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What is DUI School Really Like?

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What is Online DUI School Really Like? No one really  wants  to be legally required to take a DUI Risk Reduction class. The thing is, a lot of DUI offenders say they benefitted greatly from participated in a risk reduction program and studies have shown time and again these classes really work! Reducing DUIs and DWIs is obviously the main goal of any effective DUI program but students just want to know how they'll be spending their court-mandated hours. Let's take a look. It's important to note that  most states set their own requirements  for DUI classes that pertain to everything from total hours to how many times an individual student can be late for class. Lots of states also set minimum pricing requirements for DUI school to ensure that all schools essentially charge the same thing.  Before you ever show up for a DUI risk reduction program you'll probably...
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What Your Car is Saying About You

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What Your Car Says About You- Is your car making you a target? If you live in a city with car culture like Atlanta or LA you’ve likely spent some time thinking about what your car is saying about your personality. Your friends, your insurance provider, and even the law are probably making assumptions about you based solely on your mode of transportation so it’s good to know what vibe you’re putting out!   If you drive a black or red car… Studies show that red car drivers are more inclined to want to stand out while black car drivers are aiming for a powerful, masculine vibe. Contrary to popular belief, red cars don’t get ticketed more often than other colors and in actuality, if you want to avoid a ticket you should avoid gray cars and go for white instead! If you drive a common sedan model… Think your...
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