As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I tend to focus on different types of serious traffic violations in my posts. In today's post, I will focus on what most Georgia drivers are concerned with: the status of their Georgia Driver's License.
Just like other states, Georgia uses a point system to track drivers' traffic violations and offenses. Points go against a driver's license for most moving traffic violations. Georgia determines that driving on Georgia roadways is a privilege and not a right. If a driver is deemed a bad, careless, or reckless driver by the amount of points accumulated, then his or her license can be suspended or even revoked.
Below, I have outlined the points schedule for traffic violations in Georgia:
- Speeding in Georgia: 15-18MPH +2 points; 19-23MPH +3 points; 24-33MPH +4 points; 34MPH or more +6 points
- Aggressive Driving in Georgia: +6 points
- Reckless Driving in Georgia: +4 points
- Unlawful Passing of a School Bus in Georgia: +6 points
- Open Container in Georgia: +2 points
- Violation of Child Safety Restraint in Georgia: +1 point
Most other moving violations will add 3 points against your license. Too many Georgia Driver’s License Points can lead to the suspension of a license.
There are different consequences based on the type of license you carry in Georgia.
For drivers under 18 years old, the maximum amount of points you can have against your license is four points. Therefore, a single violation that is worth 4 points will result in a suspension.
For drivers under 21 years old, the maximum amount of points you can have against your license is also four points. A four-point violation will result in a “hard” suspension of your driver's license meaning you are not eligible for any type of permit.
For drivers over 21 years old, the maximum amount of points you can have against your license is fifteen points. This is for a two-year period. If you accumulate fifteen or more points on your license within a two-year period, your license will be suspended for one year. If it's your first suspension in five years, you are eligible for a limited use permit.
License points are added when there is a conviction entered. Therefore, if the original moving violation is reduced to a lesser offense, there will be less points added (possibly even zero depending on the offense reduction).