Speeding tickets and other related offenses are a common occurrence in the state of Georgia. It can be tempting to think that receiving a citation for speeding is not a big deal, but the consequences can be serious. Even a first-time offender can expect to face hefty fines, points on their license, and increased insurance premiums. That's why it's important to talk to a traffic ticket lawyer before your first court date. A skilled lawyer can review the circumstances of your case and help you understand the options available to you. With their help, you may be able to reduce the charges, avoid points on your license, and mitigate the financial impact of your offense. Don't let a speeding ticket derail your plans - turn to a knowledgeable traffic ticket lawyer for help.
Types of Speeding Tickets
Speeding tickets are never a pleasant experience, but it's important to understand the different types of violations that can lead to them. In Georgia, there are various types of speeding tickets that drivers can receive. These include basic rules violations, exceeding the speed limit, impeding the flow of traffic, racing, speeding in a work zone, and super speeder tickets. Each type of ticket has its own set of fines and penalties, so it's essential to know which violation you've been charged with before attempting to fight it. Overall, it's important to remember that obeying traffic laws and driving safely should always be a top priority when on the road.
Basic Rules Violation
In the state of Georgia, a Basic Rules Violation speeding ticket is issued when a driver drives at a speed that is unsafe for the prevailing conditions, regardless of if it is slower than the posted speed limit. This type of ticket serves as a reminder to maintain safe driving habits and adhere to what is appropriate for the weather and road conditions. If you are convicted of a Basic Rules Violation speeding ticket, the consequences are the least severe of all the speeding ticket types: no points are added to your record, it does not report to your insurance, however you do have to pay a fine. Even though it is the least severe of these types of tickets, it does include the hassle of getting pulled over and then subsequently going to court to resolve the issue. So make sure you drive safe in all types of driving conditions, and try to avoid getting pulled over altogether.
Speeding Over the Speed Limit
Speeding tickets in Georgia come with varying consequences depending on the degree to which a driver exceeds the speed limit. For those driving 14 mph or less over the limit, no points will be added to their record, but they will still face a fine. If caught driving 15-18 mph over the limit, the driver will receive 2 points on their record and a fine; this violation will also be documented on the driver's record. Speeding between 19-23 mph over the limit results in 3 points on the record, a fine, and it will also go on the driver's record. More severe cases, such as driving 24-33 mph over the limit, incur 4 points on the record, a fine, and a mark on the driver's record. Lastly, drivers who speed 34 mph or more over the limit will face the most serious consequences: 6 points on their record, a fine, and a documented violation. Any number of these could also result in defensive driving course or community service, if a driver's previous record is particularly bad. It is crucial for drivers to prioritize safety and adhere to speed limits to avoid these penalties and maintain a clean driving record.
Impeding the Flow of Traffic
In Georgia, Impeding the Flow of Traffic speeding tickets are issued to drivers who are traveling too slowly for the road conditions, below the posted minimum speed limit, or driving slowly in the passing or left lane. These actions can create hazardous situations for other motorists and may lead to accidents. The consequences of receiving an Impeding the Flow of Traffic ticket include a fine and 3 points added to your permanent driving record. It is essential for drivers to maintain appropriate speeds and be cognizant of their surroundings to ensure smooth traffic flow and promote overall road safety. By adhering to the posted speed limits and driving responsibly, you can avoid potential fines, points on your record, and most importantly, reduce the risk of causing a wreck.
Racing on Highways or Streets
Racing traffic tickets in Georgia are a serious matter, as they involve engaging in dangerous and reckless driving behavior. Although these tickets do not inherently come with points, they are considered a misdemeanor and will be documented on your permanent record. If you were also found to be speeding over the limit during the racing incident, you will receive a separate ticket for that offense, with points assessed based on your speed. Consequences for a Racing conviction can be severe, including high fines, potential jail time, mandatory defensive driving courses, and even probation, depending on the court's decision. It is crucial for drivers to prioritize safety and refrain from participating in any form of street racing to avoid these significant penalties and maintain a clean driving record.
Speeding in a Work Zone
Speeding in a Work Zone traffic tickets are taken very seriously due to the increased risks associated with driving at high speeds in areas where workers and construction activities are present. To emphasize the importance of adhering to the posted speed limits in these zones, fines for such violations are significantly higher than those for regular speeding tickets. The points added to your driving record, however, remain the same as a standard speeding ticket and depend on how fast you were going over the limit (ranging between 0 and 6 points). Speeding in work or construction zones not only endangers the lives of workers but also poses a threat to other drivers and passengers on the road. It is crucial for everyone's safety to maintain appropriate speeds and exercise extra caution when navigating through these areas.
The Georgia Super Speeder Law is designed to target and penalize drivers who exhibit excessive speeding behaviors on the state's roads. Under this law, if you are convicted of a speeding ticket with a final convicted speed of 85 mph or more on any road, or 75 mph or more on any two-lane road, you will be classified as a Super Speeder. In addition to the penalties associated with the initial speeding ticket, this classification also requires you to pay a $200 fee to the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) to maintain your driving privileges. Failure to pay this fee on time will result in the suspension of your driver's license. To reinstate your license, you will need to pay the Super Speeder fee along with any additional penalties incurred due to the suspension. It is crucial for drivers to obey speed limits and drive responsibly to avoid these severe consequences and maintain their license and driving record.
How We Can Help
If you've recently received a speeding ticket in Georgia, we at Your Law Firm are here to help. We understand the frustration and worry that comes along with these situations and want to provide you with the assistance you need. Whether you live out of state or not, we have the resources to appear in court on your behalf so you don't have to - provided the judge allows for this (some judges still require your in-person appearance, so be prepared for that). And, for those of you who want to take action proactively before court, we'll advise you on the best course of action to deal with the ticket, whether it be taking defensive driving or doing community service, to give us a better shot of negotiations in court. Additionally, if you decide to fight your charges, we'll be your dedicated advocates in court. Let us alleviate your stress and help you move forward.