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Tiger Woods faces charges for operating under the influence

Georgia sports fans may have heard that professional golfer Tiger Woods was arrested on May 26 for operating a vehicle under the influence. In a statement following his release, Woods asserted that he had not been drinking alcohol. He claims that he had taken medications that caused a bad reaction. He underwent back surgery several weeks ago.

Interlock laws may save lives

Georgia residents may be interested to hear about a study done by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study that was conducted in conjunction with the Colorado School of Public Health suggests that ignition interlock laws lead to fewer fatal car crashes. It was published in a leading peer-reviewed medical journal in January 2017.

NFL player accused of DUI and auto theft

Georgia football fans may be interested to learn that David Parry, a defensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts, was accused of drunk driving and stealing a golf cart on Feb. 25. According to authorities, the 24-year-oldwas charged with multiple offenses, including DUI, auto theft and resisting arrest.

NFL receiver could face suspension for DUI

Georgia football fans may be interested to learn that Michael Floyd, a receiver currently with the New England Patriots, could be facing penalties from the NFL in addition to the criminal punishments he received for drunk driving charges. The receiver was reportedly taken into police custody after he was found to be behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol content of .217 percent in 2016.

Drunk driving in 2014 fell to lowest in 13 years

Statistics from 2014, the most recent year of complete data, show that drunk driving fell to its lowest rate since 2002. Despite this, experts say that there is still a lot of work to do in Georgia and across the country to save the thousands of lives that are lost to alcohol-related crashes each year.

DUI charges follow loss in Miami for Cardinals' wide receiver

On Dec. 12, an Arizona Cardinals wide receiver and former first-round draft pick was charged with DUI for the second time within a five-year period, and Gwinnett fans of their Atlanta Falcons may want to know more about the possible consequences that he could be facing as a result. The incident occurred in the Scottsdale area just hours after the Cardinals lost a close game to the Miami Dolphins on the other side of the country.

Marijuana use difficult to test for at traffic stops

Georgia law has long established the legal limits for alcohol consumption among drivers, but impairment caused by marijuana use remains difficult to define. Attempts to establish when impairment occurs with marijuana use remain ongoing. A study from the Automobile Association of America noted a lack of scientific evidence associating a specific level of marijuana elements in blood with impairment. Marijuana produces effects fundamentally different from alcohol and can affect different people in different ways.

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