A couple reported a road rage incident to 911 in North Georgia this past month. According to the couple a man in an SUV pulled alongside of them and screamed outside of his window. He then pointed a handgun at them from his car.
The man is currently in Forsyth County jail on a $55,460 bond for multiple different offenses including aggravated assault.
Even though the driver is facing several felonies, as a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will focus today's post on the traffic violation of aggressive driving.
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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