Alpharetta, Ga. - Police in Alpharetta clocked a motorcyclist traveling at 178 MPH on Georgia 400 this past weekend.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I have reported just how fast motorists have been traveling on Georgia roadways since the pandemic. Other arrests and citations have seen a decent decrease, while speeding citations have been up by two-thirds.
Speeding in Georgia is taken quite seriously, but when drivers reach over 100 (not to mention over 150 MPH) other more serious traffic violations may apply such as reckless driving. In today's post, I will outline the law behind the offense of reckless driving as it is defined by Georgia Law.
Reckless Driving in Georgia
Georgia Law defines reckless driving in Georgia in O.C.G.A. §40-6-390 of the Georgia Code as:
(a) Any person who drives any vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property commits the offense of reckless driving.
(b) Every person convicted of reckless driving shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, provided that no provision of this Code section shall be construed so as to deprive the court imposing the sentence of the power given by law to stay or suspend the execution of such sentence or to place the defendant on probation.
Therefore, if a driver is found guilty of reckless driving, he or she could face up to a year in jail as well as fines up to $1,000.
Many times acts of alleged reckless driving can lead to charges for DUI in Georgia. Call our offices today if you have been arrested for reckless driving, DUI, or any other serious traffic violation. We can help you now.