New Hope Auto Accident Attorney Shane Smith Explains Georgia’s Anti-Aggressive Driving Laws
Aggressive driving, also known as “road rage” happens countless times a day on the public roads of Georgia and all over America. Aggressive drivers cause far too many accidents that cause serious injuries and fatalities which are completely avoidable. Many states, including Georgia, have a zero tolerance policy for this and have put this into law with real penalties to dissuade people from thinking about over-reacting or “gaming the system” when it comes to harassing other drivers.
Based on O.C.G.A. § 40-6-397, a driver can be charged with aggressive driving when one or more of the following actions may have been committed with a motor vehicle:
- Inuring; or obstructing another person
If a person is convicted of aggressive driving, they face a misdemeanor crime and a moving violation. Depending on the circumstances of the incident and what a driver is convicted of, there may be high fines and potential jail time. Drivers also face up to 6 points assessed to their license. Motor vehicle operators under age 21 who are convicted of aggressive driving will have their license suspended.
In addition to State law, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has put in place their own H.E.A.T. Aptly named the Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Talk (H.E.A.T.), the State of Georgia is enforcing and ensuring that aggressive driving is put to a minimum. The program is quite simple and has even simpler goals:
- Lower the number of reckless driving incidents by at least 10 %
- Enforce aggressive driving laws on Georgia roads around the clock
This program also has an education component to it that helps educate the public to identify and help notify law enforcement of offenders of aggressive drivers.
If you suffered any type of injuries or have lost a loved one due to an aggressive driver that has caused your injuries and losses, you may have a personal injury claim. Since everyone’s circumstances are different, it is essential to make sure that you speak with a New Hope PI attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. Call our law firm at (770) 487-8999 to schedule a free legal consultation today!