Georgia has a category of DUI charges that have nothing to do with alcohol or illegal drugs, but rather a charge for DUI prescription drugs. The penalties for a prescription drug DUI are the same as for those caught driving with a blood-alcohol content of above .08%. Unlike alcohol levels, which are easily measured, there is no measurement or threshold for how much of a prescription drug is in a person’s system. Therefore, a police officer must base the arrest on driving performance or performance in a field sobriety test.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution report on a fatal head-on collision with a cement truck.
The crash occurred just before 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday at the intersection of Bold Springs Road and Ga. 11 in Walton County.
A 1995 Ford Escort failed to yield to a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe. The driver of the Escort pulled out in front of the Tahoe, which was headed south on Ga. 11.
The Tahoe struck the driver’s side of the Escort, sending the vehicle veering into the northbound lanes of Ga. 11. The Escort then hit a concrete truck head-on. 53-year-old Tammy Godwin of Monroe died at the scene of the accident. She was riding in the passenger seat of the Escort. The driver, 37-year-old April Ellis died en-route to the hospital.
The driver of the Tahoe suffered from minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The driver of the cement truck was not hurt. Police believe that Ellis was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. No charges are expected to be filed in the accident.
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