According to reports out of Carroll County, a woman was killed after hitting a school bus head on with her vehicle.
She came around a curve on Ga. 113 but failed to maintain her lane and crossed the center line. As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will cover the offense of failure to maintain lane in the state of Georgia. This offense or accusation of this offense leads to investigations for DUI in Georgia.
Failure to Maintain Lane in Georgia
Failure to Maintain Lane in Georgia is technically a violation of O.C.G.A. § 40-6-48. This law is known by Georgia Law in the chapter for Uniform Rules of the Road. The specific portion is driving on roadways lane for traffic. According to the law:
Whenever any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic, the following rules, in addition to all others consistent with this Code section, shall apply:
(1) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety;
(2) Upon a roadway which is divided into three lanes, and provides for two-way movement of traffic, with two lanes in one direction, a vehicle being driven in a continuous or center lane shall have the right of way when overtaking and passing another vehicle traveling in the same direction;
(3) Upon a roadway which is divided into three lanes and provides for two-way movement of traffic, a vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane except when overtaking and passing another vehicle traveling in the same direction when such center lane is clear of traffic within a safe distance, or in preparation for making a left turn, or where such center lane is at the time allocated exclusively to traffic moving in the same direction that the vehicle is proceeding and such allocation is designated by official traffic-control devices or road striping;
(4) Official traffic-control devices may be erected directing specified traffic, including but not limited to buses or trucks, to use a designated lane or designating those lanes to be used by traffic moving in a particular direction regardless of the center of the roadway, and drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of every such device; and
(5) Official traffic-control devices may be installed prohibiting the changing of lanes on sections of roadway, and drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of every such device.
Even though the facts of the story above point to the fact that the woman did indeed fail to maintain her lane. However, a deeper investigation of the accident might lead to other observations. That is usually the case when a person has been accused of a traffic violation.
Therefore if you or a loved one has been arrested for a DUI related offense, call our offices now so we can determine the best course of action for you.