According to reports out of Alpharetta, a man was driving 110 MPH on Ga. 400 N after a wedding this past weekend.
When police pulled him over, he allegedly admitted to having a few drinks at a wedding reception in Atlanta. But he also said that he had no idea that he was driving that speed. An Alpharetta police officer issued a statement after the arrest, “There were other drivers on the road, so that's dangerous as well. Add in alcohol and we've increased our chances of possible tragedy.”
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the offense of reckless driving in today's post. Most people believe that reckless driving is more of a catchall provision - however, I will provide some examples that are considered as reckless driving by law.
Reckless Driving in Georgia
Reckless Driving in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §40-6-390 as:
(a) Any person who drives any vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property commits the offense of reckless driving.
(b) Every person convicted of reckless driving shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, provided that no provision of this Code section shall be construed so as to deprive the court imposing the sentence of the power given by law to stay or suspend the execution of such sentence or to place the defendant on probation.
Examples of reckless driving include:
- Excessive Speeding
- Illegal passing
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Ignoring traffic control devices
- Racing other vehicles on a public roadway
There are plenty of other examples of reckless driving. A reckless driving conviction is serious and remains on your driving record. This is why hiring a defense attorney is of the utmost importance.
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