According to reports out of Cherokee County, a man and his son were arrested on aggressive driving charges after allegedly utilizing a siren and loudspeaker to demand other drivers to pull over and get out of their cars.
Deputies responded to the 911 calls by locating the father and son and arresting them. As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the law behind aggressive driving as well as exemplify the types of driving behaviors that fall into that category of crime.
Aggressive Driving in Georgia
Aggressive Driving in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §40-6-397 as:
A person commits the offense of aggressive driving 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, 40-6-48, 40-6-49, 40-6-123, 40-6-184, 40-6-312, or 40-6-390 with such intent.
To put it simply - aggressive driving refers to any sort of selfish, unsafe and risky driving behavior that shows disregard for the safety of other drivers.
Examples of aggressive driving behaviors include weaving in and out of traffic, changing lanes without signaling, passing in no-passing zones or emergency lanes, forceful merging, failing to yield, cutting off other drivers at close range, speeding, inappropriate gesturing and hand signals, inappropriate use of horns, flashing headlights, and tailgating.
Aggressive driving is classified as a high and aggravated misdemeanor in Georgia. A first time conviction can result in penalties of jail time up to 12 months or fines up to $5,000 or both.
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