In the state of Georgia it is not uncommon that incompetent drivers or those with bad driving habits are tracked through the use of a point system throughout the state. Driving is a privilege, not a right, and if you prove to be a bad, dangerous, or reckless driver, your license can be suspended, canceled, or revoked.
In the state of Georgia your license will be suspended if you have a point accumulation of 15 points within a period of 24 months, or if you commit one or more of several different serious violations. In addition, suspension, cancellation, or revocation of your license will cause your automobile insurance rates to rise with the possibility of your insurance company cancelling your policy.
Points per Violation
Points are issued and accumulated in a variety of ways. Below are examples of common offenses and their point assignments:
- Reckless driving: 4 points
- Unlawfully passing a school bus: 6 points
- Improper passing on a hill or curve: 4 points
- Speeding (miles per hour over the speed limit):
- 15 -18 MPH: 2 points.
- 19 – 23 MPH: 3 points.
- 24 to 33 MPH: 4 points.
- 34 MPH or more: 6 points.
- Use of wireless telecommunication device violation: 1 point.
- Text messaging while operating a vehicle: 1 point.
- Disobedience of any traffic-control device: 3 points.
- Disobedience of any traffic officer: 3 points.
- Possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage while driving: 2 points.
- Failure to secure a load resulting in an accident: 2 points.
- All other moving violations: 3 points.
- Child restraint (1st offense): 1 point.
- Child restraint (2nd and subsequent offense): 2 points.
- Aggressive driving: 6 points.
- HOV lane violation (4th and subsequent offense): 1 point.
Check Your Drivers License Status
To see how many points are on your driving record, you can always order a copy of your records. It’s a smart thing to do from time to time just to make sure that no errors have been made and that points have dropped off in the prescribed length of time.
For further details about getting your license back, you may call the Department of Driver Services at (678) 413-8400 if you’re calling from the metro Atlanta area. From outside metro Atlanta, call toll-free (866) 754-3687.
Attorney Joseph E. Lariscy and the Lariscy Law Firm can help with any questions, for a free consultation call (706) 389-4375 or contact us online for legal assistance