Perry defines ‘intoxicated,’ lowers millage rate by one-tenth a point | Politics | Macon.com

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Aug

Perry defines ‘intoxicated,’ lowers millage rate by one-tenth a point | Politics | Macon.com

Perry police officers may now issue a city citation for occupying the driver’s seat of a parked car while intoxicated.

Lee Gilmour, city manager, said council unanimously approved Tuesday an amendment to an ordinance regarding the violation that gives a more concrete definition of “intoxicated.”

The measure passed at City Council’s regular meeting, where council also voted to lower the millage rate by one-tenth a point.

It’s illegal under state law for an intoxicated person to occupy the driver’s seat of a car parked in a public area. But some cities, Perry included, have mirrored that law in their local codes to allow the charge to go to municipal court instead of state court.

“There was a city ordinance in place, but I think, perhaps, it wasn’t being charged because the judge wasn’t happy with it,” said John Walker, an associate city attorney.

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