According to investigators and authorities, he was allegedly driving his vehicle at over 90 MPH while traveling southbound on Johnson Ferry Road. The accident itself occurred in February, however, police have charged the teenager as of this week.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will expand on the law behind the offense of reckless driving in today's post. It is often paired with offenses such as DUI in Georgia. And both DUI and reckless driving are base offenses to the crime of vehicular homicide. See the law below.
Reckless Driving in Georgia
O.C.G.A. §40-6-390 defines the offense of reckless driving in Georgia 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.
Reckless driving includes driving violations such as excessive speeding, tailgating, illegal passing, waving in and out of traffic lanes, ignoring traffic control devices, etc. It is a relatively common offense. However, most people are unaware of just how serious of a traffic violation it is. A reckless driving conviction not only results in misdemeanor penalties, but it also will add four points to your Driver's License in Georgia.
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