Two drivers have been shot in two different and unrelated road-rage incidents in Cobb County. The two shootings happened within an hour of the other, and so far no suspects have been identified in either case.
Both drivers are suffering from some serious injuries, and police are urging anyone with any information to come forward.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I stay on top of reports such as these, and unfortunately, there are a lot of road rage incidents reported regularly in the metro Atlanta area. In today's post, I will focus on the offense of aggressive driving in Georgia and explain how the law defines it.
Aggressive Driving in Georgia
The Georgia Code defines the offense of aggressive driving as:
Driving with the intent to annoy, harass, molest, intimidate, injure, or obstruct another person, including without limitation violating Code Section 40-6-42 [overtaking and passing], 40-6-48 [improper lane change or usage], 40-6-49 [following too closely], 40-6-123 [failing to signal], 40-6-184 [driving too slowly], 40-6-312 [lane usage by motorcycles], or 40-6-390 [reckless driving] with such intent. O.C.G.A. §40-6-397.
Aggressive Driving is classified as a high and aggravated misdemeanor in Georgia. If convicted, the penalty can include a fine up to $5,000, jail time of up to 12 months, or both.
A conviction for aggressive driving will also add six points to your license, which has an even greater potential of leading to the suspension of your Georgia Driver's License.
Obviously, both of the drivers in these two situations will be facing much more than just an aggressive driving citation. If you have ever driven in Metro Atlanta, you know that both aggressive driving and reckless driving in Georgia are huge problems.
However, this doesn't mean that everyone who is accused of a serious traffic violation is guilty of committing that offense. We understand this concept.
No matter what - if you or a loved one have been accused of committing a serious traffic violation, such as DUI in Georgia, it is important to have the best possible legal representation. Contact a Georgia DUI Attorney today.