Jeffrey E. Johnston

November 2018 Archives

Sharing the road with big trucks can be risky

Georgia drivers share space on roadways with thousands of commercial vehicles every day. While some of these big trucks are piloted by drivers with many years of safe driving experience, others may have someone with just a few weeks of experience behind the wheel. While it's impossible to know the driving record of nearby truckers, motorists can dramatically improve their odds of being in a crash by understanding the hazards and following a few safe driving habits when adjacent to transport trucks hauling freight.

First Step Act could affect criminal justice reform

Criminal justice reform is a priority for many people in Georgia, especially those dealing with drug convictions or a federal criminal record. Years of criticism about unfairness in the system and its failure to enable re-entry into society have culminated in the new First Step Act. The bill is backed by an odd alliance that includes President Donald Trump alongside longtime criminal justice reform advocates like the ACLU. However, others have criticized the legislation for failing to address serious concerns and others have called it soft on crime.

The top dangers of driving at night

Georgia residents may find themselves commuting in the dark now that daylight saving time has ended. Though motorists in general only do a quarter of their driving at night, 50 percent of traffic deaths occur during this period. According to the National Safety Council, the risk for a fatal car crash triples at night. The following are just some of the factors in this trend.

Ways to stay safe when driving in bright sunlight

In Georgia and across the U.S., drivers put themselves and others at risk for a crash because they fail to make provisions for bright sunlight. In such conditions, drivers are actually at 16 percent higher risk for a fatal car crash. The following seven tips help keep drivers safe and should be taken into consideration.

Violent crimes defense in Georgia

Being accused of a crime can be a frightening experience. If you're facing criminal accusations in Georgia, it's important to mount an aggressive defense so that you might receive a more favorable resolution. Being charged with a violent crime will potentially expose you to a long term of incarceration.

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