According to Alpharetta Police, two teenagers reached speeds of 118 MPH on Ga. 400 near Old Milton Parkway.
Both young drivers are facing charges of speeding, racing, and reckless driving in Georgia.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the law behind racing in today's post.
Racing in Georgia
Racing in Georgia is outlined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §40-6-186 as:
Georgia law prohibits any vehicle on a highway of this state from participating in any race, speed competition or contest, drag race or acceleration contest, test of physical endurance, exhibition of speed or acceleration, or for the purpose of making a speed record.
By law, the term racing is defined as the use of one or more vehicles in an attempt to out-gain, outdistance, or prevent another vehicle from passing, to arrive at a given destination ahead of another vehicle or vehicles, or to test the physical stamina or endurance of drivers over long-distance driving routes.
Drag racing is also legally defined as the operation of two or more vehicles from a point side by side at accelerated speeds in a competitive attempt to outdistance each other or the operation of one or more vehicles over a common selected course from the same point to the same point for the purpose of comparing the relative speeds or power of acceleration of such vehicle or vehicles within a certain distance or time limit.
If convicted of racing, the penalties can include any punishments allowed under the misdemeanor sentencing statute.
These punishments range from fines of $1000 plus court costs, license suspension, community service, jail-time, probation to more.
If you have been arrested for a serious traffic violation in the state of Georgia, contact a Georgia DUI Attorney now. We can help you with your case.