Explosion on Georgia Interstate Makes National Headlines

Posted by Richard Lawson | Feb 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

A large explosion resulting from a fatal accident in Gwinnett County off of I-85 last week made national headlines. According to reports, a fuel tanker was transporting 7,500 gallons of gasoline and 1,000 gallons of diesel when it collided with a car that was stopped in the second from right lane after getting into a different accident.

The truck was unable to stop or avoid a collision with the car that was stopped in the road. The interstate was shut down for hours and all five lanes of the highway were affected by the explosion.

As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I must note that any story involving the death of another human being is horrific and tragic. However, from the facts of this case, it is possible that the initial vehicle who was stopped in the right lane may have been unknowingly  committing a traffic violation.

In today's post, I will outline the offense of impeding the flow of traffic in the state of Georgia.

Impeding the Flow of Traffic in Georgia

Impeding the Flow of Traffic in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §40-6-184 as:

“No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation.”

Violating this law will be a misdemeanor offense. The amount of the fine will vary depending on the jurisdiction, judge, and prosecutor, however the maximum fine is $1000.00.  In addition, if convicted, you will be assessed 3 points on your Georgia Driver's License.

Practice Note

If you or a loved one has been arrested for driving under the influence in Georgia or any other serious traffic violation - call our offices now.

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