A few months ago, I wrote about 23-year-old, Neil Seiz, who was shot in the face on the way home from a baseball game in Cobb County. He ended up surviving, and according to police, the alleged shooter was arrested this past week.
18-year-old, Jaelin Quarles, was arrested over the weekend after police say that they identified him and his green pickup truck from a surveillance video. According to reports, Seiz and Quarles argued over a two-mile stretch while driving which resulted in the gunshots.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I write frequently about serious instances of road rage. Atlanta is full of angry and stressed out drivers. So in today's post, I will outline the offense of aggressive driving which is the predicate crime to outbursts such as the one in the story above.
Aggressive Driving in Georgia
The Georgia Code defines aggressive driving in Georgia in O.C.G.A. §40-6-397 as:
When he or she operates any motor vehicle 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.
Aggressive driving is classified as a high and aggravated misdemeanor in Georgia. A conviction for aggressive driving also results in 6 additional points to a driver's license.
As Georgia drivers, we are all familiar with aggressive driving. If you commute into the Metro Atlanta area, then you are familiar with the impatience and annoyance of drivers in the area.
The offense of aggressive driving is not a “normal” traffic violation. It is a serious misdemeanor offense that can result in jail time. Contact us today. A Georgia DUI Attorney can help you today.