Two drivers have been arrested in Alpharetta after police allege that they were clocked on a laser going 111 miles per hour on Haynes Bridge Road.
The two men state that they were not racing, but they both admit to the speeding charges. As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I handle all types of traffic violations that go hand in hand with DUI in Georgia. Racing is one of these related offenses.
In today's post, I will outline the law behind racing in the state of Georgia as well as the consequences if convicted of racing.
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 or a loved one has been arrested for a serious traffic violation such as racing or driving under the influence, contact our offices today.
A Georgia DUI Attorney can help you with your case now.