According to reports off of Georgia 400, a man was threatened with a handgun by another driver after an act of aggressive driving last week.
The road rage incident resulted from a driver weaving his vehicle in and out of lanes during a high traffic hour. The victim reported that, “He's swerving in and out of lanes very quickly and I'm ... next to the left lane and there's cars on either side of me, and he comes right up on my bumper really fast. He starts honking his horn and flashing his lights, but he has nowhere to go.”
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the offense of aggressive driving in the state of Georgia.
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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