Several drivers reported a man “driving erratically” going southbound on I-75 this past Wednesday.
The driver is now facing several different charges. The 911 calls led to police attempting to initiate a routine traffic stop. The driver then allegedly hit a patrol car which resulted in the shutdown of interstate travel in Cobb County.
The driver has been charged with:
- DUI in Georgia
- Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police in Georgia
- Speeding in Georgia
- Following Too Closely in Georgia
- Reckless Driving in Georgia
- As well as Failure to Maintain Lane in Georgia.
As a Georgia DUI Attorney, I write often about charges that are related to driving under the influence in Georgia. There are certain driving violations that lead to DUI investigations. The driver in the story above committed several of these DUI Related Offenses in Georgia. In today's post, I will outline the offense known by law as reckless driving.
Reckless Driving in Georgia
Reckless Driving in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law 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.
Examples of reckless driving include:
- Excessive Speeding
- Illegal passing
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Ignoring traffic control devices
- Racing other vehicles on a public roadway
Call our offices today if you have been cited or arrested in the state of Georgia.