According to reports out of Middle Georgia, a former school bus driver has been convicted of vehicular homicide as a result of reckless driving.
She was accused and convicted of losing control as she entered a curve on Forest Park Drive in Houston County. Six young students were thrown from the bus and suffered critical injuries. One of the students died the following morning from her extensive injuries.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I cover the law that encompasses vehicular homicide pretty regularly. Unfortunately, an average of 100 people die on Georgia roadways every month.
In today's post, I will outline the law behind the offense of reckless driving as it is one of the prerequisite offenses to the crime of vehicular homicide in Georgia.
Reckless Driving in Georgia
Reckless Driving in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §40-6-390 as:
Any person who drives any vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property commits the offense of reckless driving.
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.
As mentioned above, reckless driving is a prerequisite offense to vehicular homicide along with DUI in Georgia as well as Hit and Run in Georgia. There are many contributing factors to the case mentioned above and can be further explored throughout the library of this website.
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