Drive-By Georgia Political Journalism

Drive-By Georgia Political Journalism

Service animals in restaurants and other businesses

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department issued the following statement on July 24:

In the past several months the ACCPD has responded to complaints of citizens with disabilities, utilizing service animals, being denied access into businesses. Some business owners have denied them access because of their service animals and the presence of food.

Business owners and citizens are reminded that the Americans with Disabilities Act provides for citizens with disabilities with service animals to have full access to any business including food service facilities. If there is any question that the animal is truly a service animal, the owner of the service animal should have certification with them. A service animal in training is afforded the same access as a certified service animal. If in training, the service animal should be identified by a collar, leash, appropriate apparel, or device.

Under O.C.G.A. § 30-4-4, anyone denying a guide dog or service dog, in training or actually utilized by a disabled person, access to a business can face a fine of up to $2,000, or 30 days in jail, or both.


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Accident reports online

From the Athens-Clarke County Police:
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is now making it easier for citizens involved in automobile accidents to get a copy of their accident report. By simply going to www.buycrash.com, persons involved can purchase and download a copy of their report instead of spending time and gas driving to the police department. This applies only to accidents that occurred in the roadways – not on private property (i.e. parking lots).