Deputies received a tip from a witness driver that there was a road rage incident that occurred that resulted in the crash. That driver was identified and arrested this week. She is facing charges of:
- Vehicular Homicide in Georgia
- Reckless Driving in Georgia
- Hit and Run in Georgia
- And Aggressive Driving in Georgia.
The police believe that the arrested driver “directly caused” the victim to run off the road.
In today's post, I will outline the offense of aggressive driving in the state of Georgia.
Aggressive Driving in Georgia
The Georgia Code defines aggressive driving in Georgia 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.
According to the statute, aggressive driving just needs to target another person - not just a driver. The aggressive driving could be directed at pedestrians or passengers in other vehicles or even passengers in the same vehicle as the aggressive driver.
If convicted of aggressive driving, you're guilty of a Georgia misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. This means that the punishment could 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. This could lead to a points suspension of your Georgia driver's license if you have accumulated fifteen or more points in a consecutive 24-month period. If you're a driver under 21 years old, any offense that is four points or more will suspend your Georgia driver's license for a six-month period.
Call our offices now if you or a loved one has been arrested or cited for a serious traffic crime - felony or misdemeanor. We can help you with your case today.