As of July 1, 2010, the state of Georgia has banned the use of cellphones while driving for anyone under the age of 18 and has banned texting while driving for all drivers. Any violation of this law could result in a $150 fine and 1 point on your license. However, if you are found guilty of texting while driving that resulted in an accident, you could face increased points and fines, as well as additional charges. On April 26 in Athens, an SUV ran out of gas on the perimeter. A van stopped to help the SUV, and parked directly behind him. A young girl was driving down the loop and crashed into the back of the van, pinning a man between the van and SUV. He later passed away. Athens Clarke County Police are currently investigating to see if the young girl was texting while driving, causing her not to see the van or SUV.
Although many of the tickets that drivers receive are not this serious, it can still affect your driving record and insurance rates. If you have received a traffic citation in or around Athens, GA, attorney Joseph Lariscy can help. For a free consultation call (706) 389-4375 or contact us online for legal assistance.