Teenagers Wreck with Georgia School Bus

Posted by Richard Lawson | Oct 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

A wreck in Cobb County is currently under investigation.

The wreck involved two teenagers and a school bus. One of the teenagers was driving a sedan when he allegedly crossed over the double yellow lines of a road. This crossing led to the collision with a local school bus.

As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will focus on the law behind failing to maintain a lane in the state of Georgia.

Failure to Maintain Lane in Georgia

Failure to Maintain Lane in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code as:

When a road has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic, a vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.

To put it simply - the law here is unclear as the statute seems to suggest that so long as it is done safely, it is lawful to fail to maintain one's lane.

Nonetheless, failure to maintain lane is one of the most common reasons DUI officers site as a basis for a traffic stop that begins a DUI investigation. Officers will pull someone over for having seen a vehicle touch the fog line, even just one time. 

Failure to maintain lane has been reported as to the reason for the accident between the bus and the vehicle driven by the teenagers in the story above.

Practice Note

Failure to maintain lane and following too closely in Georgia are charges typically seen with accident cases and DUI cases in Georgia. If you or a loved one is facing traffic charges, contact our offices now.

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