Police officers in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Atlanta’s Zone 2 precinct made a total of 15 arrests for Driving Under the Influence on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Atlanta Police Officers in Zone 2 made nine DUI arrests, according to Atlanta Police Department spokeswoman Kim Jones.

Sandy Springs police made four arrests and Dunwoody police officers made two arrests, according to figures released by the departments.

In Sandy Springs, the City Council has decided to offer a second chance to first-time DUI offenders to allow them to continue to work in the food and beverage industry.

At its Dec. 18 meeting, the City Council voted unanimously to amend city code to allow people to obtain alcohol licenses and pouring permits after a first DUI offense. People who are convicted of a second DUI offense will be barred from obtaining a license, under the new rules.

City Attorney Wendell Willard said city council members asked him to rewrite the law to help people who might not be able to obtain a job because of one DUI conviction.

“We said we could probably work it out and the first time let it be a ‘shame on you and don’t do it again’ approach,” Willard said.

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com