Norcross, Ga. - According to reports from this morning, a driver died on the way to the hospital after he was pulled from the wreckage of his vehicle on Interstate 85.
Gwinnett County Police were called to the scene of a fiery crash early this morning on the interstate at the Jimmy Carter Boulevard exit. The victim's truck collided with an SUV. The SUV's driver faced only minor injuries. Investigators believe that the victim was recklessly driving down the interstate and unexpectedly changed lanes which caused the collision.
As a Gwinnett County DUI Lawyer, I will focus today's post on the law behind the offense of reckless driving. Reckless driving is commonly paired with DUI in Georgia. Typically, the reckless driving charge is what instigates a DUI investigation.
Reckless Driving in Georgia
Reckless driving examples
- Excessive Speeding
- Illegal passing
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Ignoring traffic control devices
- Racing other vehicles on a public roadway
Georgia Law defines Reckless Driving in Georgia in O.C.G.A. §40-6-390 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.
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