According to reports out of Henry County, a 12-year-old girl was killed Sunday in a wrong-way crash. Police suspect that DUI was a factor in the accident.
All passengers including the girl's mother and siblings were taken to local hospitals - however, she did not survive. Reports show that the driver of a large truck was driving northbound in the southbound lanes on US 41 before colliding with two other vehicles.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, whenever stories like these occur, I analyze the serious traffic violations. Most of the time DUI in Georgia is involved. However, if DUI is involved then so are other traffic violations such as driving on the wrong side of the road as in the story above.
Wrong Side of Roadway in Georgia
According to O.C.G.A. §40-6-40, there are laws regarding which side of the road vehicles must be on while on Georgia roads.
(a) Upon all roadways of sufficient width, a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway, except as follows:
(1) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement;
(2) When an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway, provided that any person so doing shall yield the right of way to all vehicles traveling in the proper direction upon the unobstructed portion of the highway within such a distance as to constitute an immediate hazard;
(3) Upon a roadway divided into three marked lanes for traffic under the rules applicable thereon; or
(4) Upon a roadway restricted to one-way traffic.
If you have been arrested for DUI in Georgia, you probably were given other traffic offenses or other related charges. For example, generally before being charged with a DUI, you were pulled over for some other offense such as speeding, failure to maintain lane, and all other types of Georgia traffic offenses. Once stopped, the arresting officer may find that your license is suspended or may find you possession of marijuana.
We specialize in DUI Defense. This includes all of the traffic offenses and crimes that can be related to DUI.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI in Georgia, contact our offices today. A Georgia DUI Attorney can help you now.
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