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Authorities take 3 into custody on drug charges

Three people were taken into custody after authorities raided Kingdom Kutz Barber Shop in Hiram, Georgia. The raid was the result of an investigation that lasted several months and resulted in search warrants being executed on April 4. Authorities found cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy as well as psilocybin mushrooms. They also found a .40 caliber semi-automatic gun, ammunition and accessories designed for use with weapons.

Those who were taken into custody included a 53-year-old man, a 36-year-old man and a 28-year-old man. All three were charged with possession of cocaine. The 53-year-old was also charged with a count of possession of psilocybin mushrooms. Additionally, the 36-year-old faces charges of possession of MDMA with intent to distribute and possession of methamphetamine. Police say that they are still investigating and that more charges are likely to be filed.

Teen drivers may become more careless over time

Parents with new teenage drivers know the terror that comes with the event, even as the teenager is thrilled about his newfound freedom. Because teenagers do not have the same experience on the road, they are often involved in car accidents that cause serious injuries.

A 2014 study showed that while teenagers started their driving years carefully and cautiously, they were more likely to become distracted over time. Whether they were texting, calling or just talking to passengers, teenage drivers were more likely to become careless after six months of driving.

Motorcycle accident deaths increase by 8.3 percent in 2015

Motorcycle accidents around the country claimed 4,594 lives in 2015 according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the federal road safety watchdog's data reveals that motorcyclists and their passengers were 29 times more likely to die in a crash in that year than passenger vehicle occupants in Georgia and across the U.S. The 2015 motorcycle accident fatality figures represent an 8.3 percent increase over the 2014 death toll, but motorcycle accident injuries were down by 4.3 percent from 92,000 in 2014 to 88,000 in 2015.

The NHTSA report suggests that recklessness often plays a role in motorcycle crashes. About 40 percent of the motorcycle riders and passengers who died on the nation's roads in 2015 were not wearing a safety helmet, and one in three of them were traveling at speeds in excess of posted limits when they crashed. The NHTSA data also reveals that 27 percent of the motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents in 2015 were riding with blood alcohol levels that exceeded the legal limit.

Elijah Holyfield charged with marijuana offense

College football fans might be interested in learning that Elijah Holyfield, the University of Georgia running back and the son of Evander Holyfield, has been charged with possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The incident happened in the early morning hours of May 1.

Sources report that Holyfield was charged with possessing less than an ounce of marijuana along with drug paraphernalia. He was taken into custody for the offenses. Under the university's policy, people who are convicted of marijuana offenses are suspended for one game.

How one truck crash can cause 3 different types of accidents

Commercial transportation is crucial to the U.S. economy, and there are millions of commercial trucks currently in operation. We see these vehicles on Georgia roads and highways every day. Most of the time, sharing the road with them is uneventful; everyone gets where they need to be safely and on time. Unfortunately, trucking accidents can and do happen.

Whenever a commercial truck is involved in a crash, there is the potential for catastrophic damage to property and people. In fact, three different types of accidents can happen as a result of one collision when a truck is involved.

New device can check phones for texting, other actions

Law enforcement in Georgia will be better able to determine whether an accident was caused by a driver using a cellphone phone if the state adopts a new device called the textalyzer. Named because it is modeled on the Breathalyzer test, the textalyzer connects to a phone. With the tap of a button, the last activities will be displayed. The textalyzer can detect taps, swipes, open apps, and determine whether the use of the phone was hands-free. However, civil rights advocates have expressed concern that the device might violate a person's privacy.

Despite these concerns, lawmakers in Tennessee, Chicago, New Jersey, New York and other places have expressed interest in the device. Motor vehicle deaths are on the rise, and it is believed that phone distractions have contributed to that statistic.

PTSD and lawsuits related to car accidents

Georgia residents who have been injured in a car accident caused by another motorist might also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. It is possible to file a lawsuit that asks for compensation for their physical injuries as well as the PTSD, but there may be some additional challenges involved in proving the PTSD and its relationship to the accident.

They will have to prove that they were diagnosed with PTSD by a qualified doctor and that it is related to the accident. It might be necessary to have an expert medical witness testify. The defendant might try to point to other incidents in the injured person's past that could have led to PTSD or to a previous diagnosis. However, if the victim already had PTSD and the accident caused it to return, this could also be significant.

911 center's employee jailed for DUI

An employee of the 911 dispatch center in Georgia's Rabun County was being held in the Stephens County Jail for multiple driving offenses. According to a spokesperson for the center, the driver was employed as a CAD technician.

The man was placed under arrest for driving under the influence after crashing his truck in Stephens County. His young son was inside of the truck at the time of the crash. Additional charges include failing to maintain lane and the endangerment of a child under the age of 14.

How to handle hit-and-run accidents

Hit-and-run accidents are occurring more frequently on the roads in Atlanta. Many people who suffer injuries in this type of accident are struggling to understand their circumstances. They may not know what actions they can take to improve their situations because they may not have much information about the motorists who hit them. They may also be struggling with severe injuries that can interfere with their ability to manage their situations.

Here is a breakdown of what motorists can do to improve the outcome of their hit-and-run accidents.

A disturbing increase in drugged driving

Some Georgia drivers might be on the road while under the influence of drugs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 20 percent of drivers tested positive for drugs in 2014. Informally, law enforcement is seeing an increase in opioid overdoses and drugged drivers. Some Midwestern and Pacific Northwest areas in particular are seeing a rise in the use of heroin and opioids.

Some drivers are overdosing while behind the wheel. One issue with heroin addicts is that they must time their intake of drugs in order to avoid going into withdrawal, and they may be in the car at that time.


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