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What should you look for in an effective drug treatment program?

If you have a loved one who is suffering from the consequences of a drug addiction, chances are you have considered the assistance of a drug treatment program to provide support and incentive to help your loved one overcome his or her challenges. When you are looking for a facility in Georgia, it is imperative that you do your research to find a place that is capable of providing quality care on a level that is compatible with your loved one's needs and personal requirements. Fortunately, with a basic knowledge of the things you should look for in a drug diversion program, you may feel much more confident when making a selection.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, some of the characteristics you should look for when choosing a program include the following:

  • Adaptability: Effective programs will allow modification as your family member changes. Over time, treatment options may require changes to keep results positive and consistent.
  • Customization: Certain aspects of the program should be customizable to create a personal treatment program that accurately addresses your loved one's weaknesses and needs.
  • Proven results: You should always look for descriptions of a program's results. Testimonials, online reviews and method descriptions from staff are all excellent resources to use.
  • Duration: How long does a program last and what is the process it follows? Depending on the frequency of your loved one's drug abuse and how long he or she has been addicted, an extended program may be required.

Jail time recommended for motorist accused of DUI

Despite the fact that Ohio has rigorous consequences for motorists who choose to get behind the wheel after drinking, there are still drivers out there who make the irresponsible decision to operate their vehicle after consuming alcohol. Such an irrational choice poses an immediate threat to the perpetrator, their passengers and all other drivers around them. In severe cases, the outcome can be fatal. 

Such was the case in an accident that occurred in Long Island. In an alleged DUI-related crash, a woman admittedly told investigators that she had consumed three glasses of wine before getting into her vehicle. Tests revealed that the woman's blood alcohol content level was 0.15 percent at the time of the accident. The legal limit is 0.08 percent. The woman had been driving on Northern State Parkway when her SUV plowed into the back of a cab. The cab's driver suffered severe trauma from blunt impact and died after arriving at a local hospital.

Can you really afford to have a criminal record?

If this is your first time being accused of committing a crime in Atlanta, you may think that the chances of you receiving a harsh sentence is low. What you might not understand is that the law is not very kind to offenders, no matter how many times they have run afoul of it. Not having a criminal record can help to open doors that having one would normally close. 

The penalties and consequences of having a criminal record are not easy for many people to live with. They face numerous challenges in their everyday lives. In hindsight, many of them wish they would have realized the seriousness of their situations a little sooner. If you do not believe that a criminal record can have a drastic effect on your life, just ask yourself the following questions. 

What are the first steps in a personal injury claim?

Imagine a scenario in which you suffer a serious injury in a motor vehicle accident. You realize that your health and well-being is more important than anything else, but you also want to learn more about your legal rights at some point.

In other words, you hope to file a personal injury claim with the idea of receiving compensation from the negligent party. Although this can be full of twists and turns, as well as a variety of challenges, there are some steps you can take to put yourself on the right track.

Is drunk driving still a problem in Georgia?

For so many decades now Georgia residents have been presented with public awareness campaigns, statistics and education warning them about the dangers of drinking and driving. Whether in driver's education classes or on roadside billboards, this message has been delivered time and time again. It would be understandable that you might feel that others have appropriately heard this message and are today making better choices. Sadly, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggest otherwise.

In Fulton County alone, 127 people were killed in drunk driving accidents between 2012 and 2016, more than in any of Fulton County's neigboring counties. To make matters worse, the number of alcohol-related road fatalities rose noticeably in 2015 and 2016 over the prior three years. There were 21 such deaths in both 2012 and 2013 and 19 the following year. Then in 2015 a total of 34 people died in these crashes and another 32 were lost in 2016.

Staying safe behind the wheel of a big rig

Georgia truck drivers are a critical part of the economy as they are responsible for transporting all kinds of cargo between destinations. Without their services, something as simple as grabbing groceries from the store, would be much more time consuming and inconvenient for many people. Due to the nature of their job, truckers often spend hours behind the wheel as they travel large stretches of road. Staying safe and operating a big rig responsibly are outcomes of proper training, experience and dedication to the job. According to the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, the American Trucker Association reported that 20,000 to 30,000 truck drivers are currently needed to support the industry and maintain demand.

Whether a trucker is an experienced professional or just starting his or her career, education about staying safe is imperative to understanding the unique risks of the trade. Esurance has provided a helpful list of suggestions for things truckers can do to stay safe on the road. Some of the things they can do include the following:

  • Lower speed on curves.
  • Follow policies and requirements for loading cargo correctly.
  • Modify routes or traveling times to accommodate for bad weather.
  • Slowdown in construction zones.
  • Be aware of blind spots.
  • Practice good self-care habits including getting enough sleep and eating properly.

Think before you drink and drive during the holiday season

As you get ready to spend time with your friends and loved ones this holiday season, take some time to review your travel plans. You are not the only who is going to be traveling the roads in Atlanta to visit others. Each year during Thanksgiving and the winter holiday season, millions of people travel the roads to see their friends and relatives in other states. Last year, the number of people to hit the roads during Thanksgiving was 48.7 million, states AAA Newsroom. No matter your destination, keep in mind the roads are going to be a lot busier than usual. 

More traffic means there is a greater likelihood of you being involved in a collision with other motorists. Also, more people tend to drink during the holiday season. According to the Scramsystems.com, the percentage of alcohol-related car accidents that occur around this time of year is 40, the number of DUI-related arrests increases by 30 percent. To avoid being a drunk driving accident victim or receiving DUI charges, take some time to review the following advice. 

You never want to make these car insurance claim mistakes

In a perfect world, you will never find yourself part of a motor vehicle accident. You know that this can bring many challenges to your life, so you do your best to avoid trouble while you are behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, you never know what could come about in the future. If you need to make a car insurance claim, it's imperative that you have a clear understanding of what you should and shouldn't be doing.

Car crash leaves one teen critical, kills 3 others

Many parents and teens in Atlanta are not aware of how dangerous the roads are for novice drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of teens who were injured in car accidents and treated in emergency rooms across the country in 2014 was 221,313. Motor vehicle collisions are the biggest cause of death for this age group. 

Motor vehicle wrecks are common amongst individuals from all age groups. But young and newly licensed motorists are the most hazardous and have more motor vehicle collisions than other age groups. 

What are the hidden costs of a DUI?

If you get a DUI in Georgia, you are immediately hit with penalties. You will probably be arrested and spend at least the night in jail. You may lose your license, too. Once you go to court, you may have to spend more time in jail and you will probably be fined, along with having to pay court costs. Later, you may need to pay fees to get your license back. However, despite all these costs, there is another cost many people fail to think about. According to NerdWallet, the main hidden cost of a DUI is the jump in your insurance rates.

A DUI charge can double your insurance costs. This rise in price will haunt you for years, too. As long as the DUI stays on your driving record, it will influence your rates. Insurance can be costly even without adverse information on your driving record, but a DUI is taken very seriously because of its potential for costly damage and liabilities.

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