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The GA Point System

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Traffic Offenses

The Georgia points system is in place as a way to make sure that drivers who have exceeded reasonable expectations of safe driving are not allowed to continue to jeopardize the public safety. Each time a driver is found guilty of a moving offense, there are points assessed to his or her license. Of course the number of points assigned to each different type of violation varies in accordance with the perceived severity of the offense. If a driver accumulates 15 or more points within a two year period, they are subject to a mandatory license suspension. And it is useful to note that this includes infractions that occurred outside of the state of Georgia as well as within the state.

So if you value your driving privileges, it is very important that you keep track of any points that you may have accrued and do all that you can to avoid coming anywhere close to the limit over any twenty-four month period. Because of the points system, it is a good idea to retain an experienced GA traffic ticket lawyer if you feel as though you are innocent of a charge. Some people think it is “easier” to just pay the ticket even if they don’t agree that they were at fault. This can be a mistake because points can add up quickly, and most of us would have a hard time going on with life as usual if we were to have our drivers license suspended for any length of time.

Here is a breakdown of the number of points that are assessed for various traffic violations. When you see this list, it is easy to recognize how easy it is to find yourself approaching that 15 point limit.

  • Reckless Driving: 4 points
  • Improper Passing: 4 Points
  • Passing a School Bus Unlawfully: 6 Points
  • Traffic Control Device of Officer Disobedience: 3 Points
  • Aggressive Driving: 6 Points
  • Speeding: Between 2 and 6 Points
  • Open Container: 2 Points
  • Failure to Engage Proper Child Restraint: 1 Point for 1st Offense, 2 Points for 2nd Offense

Clearly, the best way to avoid accruing points against your license is to drive safely and obey all traffic laws. But if you are accused of a moving offense, it is always best to engage the expertise of an experienced Georgia traffic attorney to advocate your interests in an effort minimize or eliminate the assessment of points.

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