Alpharetta police are currently on the lookout for a driver who has been accused of cutting off a motorcyclists and then possibly shooting at him with a handgun this past weekend.
The motorcyclist reported that he was cut off by a BMW that had run through two stop signs and almost hit him while he was on his bike. The motorcyclist then drove up to the BMW to see what was happening, and that's when the other driver allegedly pulled out what appeared to be a handgun.
According to the American Automobile Association - incidents of aggressive driving have increased by 7% each year since 1990.
Aggressive driving refers to selfish and unsafe driving behavior that shows the deliberate disregard for the safety of others. This means that aggressive driving behavior includes but is not limited to the following:
- Weaving in and out of traffic,
- Changing lanes without signaling,
- Passing in no-passing zones,
- Forceful merging,
- Failing to yield,
- Cutting off other vehicles,
- Inappropriate gesturing and hand signals,
- Inappropriate use of horns,
- Flashing headlights,
- And tailgating.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will provide a closer look at the law behind aggressive driving in the state of Georgia in today's post.
Aggressive Driving in Georgia
Aggressive Driving in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §40-6-397:
Driving the intent to annoy, harass, molest, intimidate, injure, or obstruct another person, including without limitation violating Code Section 40-6-42 [overtaking and passing], 40-6-48 [improper lane change or usage], 40-6-49 [following too closely], 40-6-123 [failing to signal], 40-6-184 [driving too slowly], 40-6-312 [lane usage by motorcycles], or 40-6-390 [reckless driving] with such intent.
As I mentioned above - examples of aggressive driving occur all the time. However, if arrested and convicted for aggressive driving, then six points will be added to your Georgia Driver's License. On top of that the Georgia Department of Driver Services will also assess points for aggressive driving convictions that occurred in other states.
Also worth noting is that a plea of nolo contendere to an aggressive driving charge will prevent the assessment of any points, but the Department of Driver Services will only accept one plea of nolo contendere for a moving traffic violation in any five year period without assigning points to your driving record.
People tend to take traffic violations less seriously than other crimes. However, the consequences for reckless driving in Georgia or DUI in Georgia are serious and life-altering. If you or a loved one has been arrested for a serious traffic offense, contact a Georgia DUI Attorney today.