According to Wallet Hub, Georgia has some of the strictest DUI laws in the nation. This is especially true if you include the penalties involved, which can mean a 10-day jail stay, fines of up to $1,500, and a license suspension for up to a year. If that wasn’t harsh enough, getting a DUI will definitely raise your insurance premiums. In Georgia, the average increase is about $862 a year. This is below the national average but is still a fairly steep increase. Add to all of this the fact that a driver in an accident may be ordered to compensate victims, and a DUI can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on a wrong-way crash that killed a young girl in Henry County.
The crash happened on Sunday in Henry County. A white Ford F-150 was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 41 before it collided with two vehicles just north of Circle Drive in Hampton, Georgia.
12-year-old Jacie Webb of Griffin was a passenger in a Chevrolet Suburban involved in the collision. She died at the scene. Webb’s 9-year-old sister and 11-year-old brother were seriously injured in the crash and were taken to Egleston. A 2-year-old who was also in the vehicle was not injured. Her mother, who was driving the vehicle, was treated for minor injuries at Atlanta Medical Center.
According to Henry County Police, the driver of the pickup truck has not been arrested, but the crash is being investigated as a possible DUI. The driver is in serious condition at Grady Memorial Hospital and it is not clear when he will be released.
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