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Traffic offenses in Georgia can have serious consequenses

Driving on Georgia roads means that you agree to follow all of the applicable laws of the road. Failing to do this could lead to your getting ticket or even facing a misdemeanor traffic offense.

The impacts of these can include having to pay fines, spend time in the local jail, and to pay an increase in your vehicle insurance premiums. There is also a chance that your driver's license will be suspended. Here's what you need to know about traffic offenses in Georgia:

The point system

This state uses a point system to determine when a driver's license should be suspended. Drivers who accumulate 15 points in a 24-month period will have their driving privileges suspended. There are a number of ways that you can rack up points on your driver's license.

Driving speed

The speed you drive can lead to your getting a ticket. Drivers can't drive too slowly or too fast on the roadways. All roads in the state have maximum speeds and some have minimum speeds. Going up to 15 miles over the speed limit can get you a ticket, but it isn't going to add any points to your license. Driving from 15 miles per hour or faster can add from two to six points to your driver's license, depending on how many miles per hour over the speed limit you are traveling. You can also get points fordriving too slowly. This can attach three points to your driving record.

Other convictions

Aggressive driving and unlawfully passing a school bus are both six points. Reckless driving and improper passing on a curve or hill can add four points. Failing to obey a traffic control device or a police officer adds three points. Having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle or not adequately securing a load that causes an accident is two points, as is a second offense of failing to use a child safety restraint when required. A first offense of failing to use a child safety restraint, texting while driving, and using a wireless telecommunication device are single point offenses.

Automatic suspensions

Some actions can lead to an immediate suspension if you are convicted. Racing is one of these. Aggressive driving or reckless driving if you are under 21 can lead to a driver's license suspension. Drunk driving convictions also come with mandatory driver's license suspensions.

In all of these cases, fighting against the accusations may minimize the penalties.

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