Singer and performer Aaron Carter (29) along with his girlfriend Madison Parker were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) and possessing marijuana, in Cornelia, Georgia, on Saturday, July 15, 2017.
Carter was taken into police custody for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. His girlfriend faced charges for the same in addition to obstructing the law enforcement.
However, Carter was released Sunday, July 16, on a bond of $4,610, while Parker’s bond was set at $4,360. After his release, Carter tweeted for his girlfriend, saying, “I’m coming to get you, baby,” since she was yet to be released then. The Habersham County Sheriff’s Office stated that the couple was pulled over at 7:55 p.m. ET along route 385, about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta. They were then immediately taken into police custody.
Carter, the younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, was to perform on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in Kansas City, Mo. However, the arrest forced the gig to be called-off. Carter canceled the show citing transportation hassles.
Carter has been an extremely gifted musician and was a child prodigy, best known as a teen and child pop star, just like his sibling Nick. He had released his EP, “LøVë” in February 2017. Apart from his singing career, he also appeared in cameos on TV shows – “7th Heaven,” “Lizzie McGuire,” and, the more recent, “Angie Tribeca.”
He stood fifth in Season 9 of “Dancing with the Stars” and appeared as a photographer in an off-Broadway production of “The Fantasticks.”
In the United States, DUI of alcohol is a criminal offense. People must realize that it can result in serious outcomes for the driver as well as for others on the road. Alcohol consumption slows down the brain’s reaction time. Hence, a drunk person may take longer to respond to hazards. While driving under the influence of alcohol, the driver will fail to respond accurately to situations on the road. The reaction of alcohol in the brain tends to influence the “thinking distance” of the driver. It may result in accidents on the roads, jeopardizing the lives of people. That is why one should never drive after consuming alcohol or drugs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day at least 28 people succumb to injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes that involve alcohol-impaired driving. It means there is one death every 51 minutes, the annual cost of which goes to more than $44 billion.
It is not only alcohol, which is responsible for mishaps on roads. Drugs other than alcohol (legal and illegal) are involved in about 16 percent of motor vehicle crashes, says the CDC. Even marijuana is harmful to drivers. Law forbids driving even after consuming marijuana. Marijuana like alcohol is highly addictive and its prolonged consumption can lead to an addiction.
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