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What is a Super Speeder in Georgia?

Georgia is a great place to hit the road, and thousands are driving cars or trucks on the roads of the Peach State every day. The roads are safe most of the time, but accidents can happen, and occasionally they can cause serious damage, severe injury or even death to drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

There are many factors that can cause danger on the roads. Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is a leading reason for a deadly accident. Speeding is more common and just as dangerous, which is why Georgia has a law defining some speeders as particularly hazardous.

Tiered driving system gives teens experience behind the wheel

One of the milestones that many teens look forward to is getting their driver's license. In Georgia, there is a tiered system in place for people who are 15 to 18 years old. This was instituted in an effort to cut back on the number of accidents caused by this age group. By using the three-tier system, new drivers have a chance to gain experience that can benefit them.

In order to advance from one tier to the next, the driver must meet specific criteria. These include having a certain number of hours behind the wheel with a licensed driver and not having specified traffic violations during a 12-month period. Here are the infractions that can lead to the 12-month clock being restarted:

  • Any moving violation worth four points or more
  • Fleeing from police officers
  • Hit-and-run accident
  • Racing
  • Drunk driving
  • Reckless driving

A Georgia business student is arrested, charged with forgery

A Clark County Superior Court grand jury decided to indict a 21-year-old former University of Georgia (UGA) business student on seven counts of computer forgery during the penultimate week of April court records show.

When the student was arrested back in February, he was initially charged with a staggering 71 computer forgery counts and another 9 computer trespassing ones. Police had decided to arrest the Terry College of Business student after they discovered that he had apparently misused his status as an employee with the school's Enterprise Information Technology Services department to gain access to a computer system to change his grades.

You may not have to give up your license after a DUI arrest

Other than potentially facing criminal penalties after a DUI arrest, many Georgia residents fear losing their driver's licenses. This administrative penalty may be more crippling to an individual since, without transportation, it becomes a challenge to get to work, run errands and otherwise care for a family.

If you find yourself in this position and if you face an administrative license suspension due to a DUI charge, you may have another option. As of July 1, 2017, the Georgia Department of Driver Services began offering an alternative for which you may qualify.

Georgia rapper Ralo faces drug distribution charges

A Georgia rapper finds himself in deep legal trouble after being named by federal prosecutors in an 11-page criminal complaint. Law enforcement officials refer to him as Terrell Davis, but he is best known to his fans as “Ralo.”

The rapper has been arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute. The federal complaint says Davis and several other people more than once traveled to California to retrieve marijuana that was to be sold in Atlanta.

What do you know about Adderall?

If you or someone you know has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, you may be familiar with Adderall. Adderall is categorized with drugs that are stimulants. If you happen to live on a college campus in Georgia, you may know people who use Adderall (or perhaps have done so yourself) even without a medical diagnosis of ADHD. While medical scientists are not quite sure how or why Adderall helps ADHD patients, they think it has something to do with blocking neurotransmitters in the brain. 

When people without ADHD take Adderall, it reportedly has 'feel good' effects. As a stimulant, it alters the central nervous system. The problem is that there are risks associated with using Adderall, as with most controlled substances. Like most college students, you make various decisions every day regarding your study habits, academic career and social life. Using Adderall can impact your health and your college life in general, especially if you wind up facing legal problems because of it. 

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