Understanding Georgia Traffic Laws

The Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles uses a points system to track violations over your driving history. A few points on your driving record might not seem like a dire consequence compared to the financial burden of fines and insurance rates that will likely result from a traffic ticket, but be wary; even minor infractions can add up quickly, and ultimately result in a suspension of your license.

Georgia Driver's License Points and Suspensions

A certain number of points — ranging from 2 to 6, depending on the severity of the violation — are assigned to each type of traffic conviction: speeding, following too closely, texting and driving, etc. If you accumulate 15 points in 2 years, the state of Georgia will suspend your license. (Keep in mind there are other ways for your license to be suspended; even with zero points on your license, your license will be suspended automatically when you miss your court date, for example. There are also different suspension stipulations for those under the age of 21 and 18.)

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O.C.G.A. 40-6-181

15-18 MPH – 2 Points

19-23 MPH – 3 Points

24-33 MPH – 4 Points

34+ – 6 Points

O.C.G.A. 40-6-241.1 Violation of Usage of Wireless Telecommunications Device

O.C.G.A. 40-6-241.2 Operating a Vehicle while Text Messaging

O.C.G.A. 40-6-54 HOV Lane Violation (4th and Subsequent Offense)

O.C.G.A. 40-8-76 Violation of Child Safety Restraint

O.C.G.A. 40-6-248.1 Unsecured Load Resulting in Accident

O.C.G.A. 40-6-253 Open Container

O.C.G.A. 40-8-76 Violation of Child Safety Restraint (2nd or Subsequent Offense)

: O.C.G.A. 40-6-16 “Move Over” Violation

O.C.G.A. 40-6-20 Disregard of Traffic Control Device or Signal

O.C.G.A. 40-6-2 Failure to Obey Police Officer

O.C.G.A. 40-6-41 Failure to Yield to Oncoming Traffic

O.C.G.A. 40-6-42 Improper Passing

O.C.G.A. 40-6-48 Failure to Maintain Lane

O.C.G.A. 40-6-49 Following Too Closely

O.C.G.A. 40-6-70 Failure to Yield at Intersection

O.C.G.A. 40-6-184 Impeding the Flow of Traffic

O.C.G.A. 40-6-273 Failure to Report Accident

And all other moving violations

§40-6-393 Homicide by Vehicle (1st and 2nd Degree) (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
§40-6-270 Hit-and-run or Leaving the Scene of an Accident (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
§40-6-394 Serious Injury by Vehicle (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
§40-6-393.1 Feticide by Vehicle (1st Degree) (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
§40-5-120 Fraudulent or Fictitious Use of or application for a license or ID card (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
§40-5-125 Fraudulent or Fictitious Use of or application for a license or ID card (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
§40-6-15 Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked, cancelled, or suspended registration (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
§40-6-186 Racing on Highways or Streets (§§40-5-54, 40-5-63)
§40-6-395 Using a motor vehicle in fleeing or attempting to elude an officer (§§40-5-54,
§40-6-391 Driving under the Influence/DUI – Child Endangerment (§40-5-63)
§40-6-255 Failure to Pay for Gasoline (§40-5-57.2)
§40-6-10 No Insurance/Failure to Show Proof of Insurance (§40-5-70)
§40-5-121 Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (§40-5-121)
§32-6-30 Refusal to Weigh (§32-6-30)
§40-5-30 Violation of License Restriction (not mandatory, at the discretion of the court)

§3-3-23(a)(2)) Purchasing an alcoholic beverage by a person under 21 years of age (§40-5-57.1)
§3-3-23(a)(2) Attempt to purchase alcohol by an underage person (§40-5-63(e))
§3-3-23(a)(2) Possession of alcohol by a minor while operating a vehicle (§40-5-63(e))
§3-3-23(a)(3) Misrepresenting age for the purpose of illegally obtaining an alcoholic beverage (§40-5-57.1)
§3-3-23(a)(5) Misrepresenting identity or using false identification for the purpose of purchasing or obtaining any alcoholic beverage (§40-5-57.1)

§40-6-397 Aggressive Driving (§40-5-57.1)
§40-6-45(a)(1) Improper Passing on a hill or curve (§40-5-57.1)
§40-6-163 Unlawful passing of a school bus (§40-5-57.1)
§40-6-181 Exceeding the speed limit by 24 mph or more (§40-5-57.1)

§40-5-57.1 Accumulation of four (4) or more points in any consecutive twelve (12) month period (§40-5-57.1)

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Points Reduction and Criminal Defense for Traffic Charges

If you are a Georgia driver, you should carefully explore all possible opportunities of a reduction to the charge so that you can avoid unnecessary point accumulation on your driving record. Moreover, you should also understand the status of your current driving record — and know exactly how many points you currently have on your license — so you know how close you are to accumulating 15 points within a 2-year period.

No matter your current points status, there are numerous ways to avoid point accrual on your record by getting charges reduced or even obtaining current points reduction. As an experienced traffic attorney in Georgia, Erin Gerstenzang can advise you on your options given the type of traffic citation and your court assignment, and fight your ticket in court if you want to contest your charges.


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