Atlanta, Ga. - As an Atlanta DUI Lawyer, I have spent the last several months covering the multitude of tragic accidents occurring within the city. These accidents have ranged from accidents occurring as a result of DUI in Atlanta to speeding and reckless driving related accidents.
According to the Atlanta Police Department, another fatal accident occurred this past year where a driver was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed on Collier Road which caused the vehicle to leave the roadway and strike a tree. This resulted in the driver's death.
In today's post, I will focus on the traffic violation of reckless driving in today's post.
Reckless driving examples include (but are not limited to):
- Excessive Speeding
- Illegal passing
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Ignoring traffic control devices
- Racing other vehicles on a public roadway
Georgia Law defines reckless driving in O.C.G.A. §40-6-390 as:
(a) Any person who drives any vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property commits the offense of reckless driving.
(b) Every person convicted of reckless driving shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, provided that no provision of this Code section shall be construed so as to deprive the court imposing the sentence of the power given by law to stay or suspend the execution of such sentence or to place the defendant on probation.
Therefore, if a driver is found guilty of reckless driving, he or she could face up to a year in jail as well as fines up to $1,000.
Call our offices today if you have been arrested or cited for reckless driving or DUI or any other related offense.