Atlanta, Ga. - According to reports out of one of the Metro Atlanta counties, a driver was shot and killed while driving on I-85 yesterday morning.
The driver was exiting the interstate when a person in a nearby vehicle fired a shot at his vehicle. The other vehicle continued to move south. Police believe that road rage might have been the motive.
As an Atlanta DUI Lawyer, I handle cases involving road rage and aggressive driving quite often. If you are local to Atlanta or even have driven on Metro Atlanta roadways as a visitor, you know that our drivers can be aggressive. In today's post, I will focus on the offense of aggressive driving.
O.C.G.A. §40-6-397 outlines aggressive driving as:
A person commits the offense of aggressive driving when he or she operates any motor vehicle with the intent to annoy, harass, molest, intimidate, injure, or obstruct another person, including without limitation violating Code Section 40-6-42, 40-6-48, 40-6-49, 40-6-123, 40-6-184, 40-6-312, or 40-6-390 with such intent.
Aggressive driving refers to any sort of selfish, unsafe and risky driving behavior that shows disregard for the safety of other drivers.
If the facts above that have been reported are true, then this was probably the driver's driving behavior toward the other vehicles around him before he pulled the gun.
Some common examples of aggressive driving behaviors include weaving in and out of traffic, changing lanes without signaling, passing in no-passing zones or emergency lanes, forceful merging, failing to yield, cutting off other drivers at close range, speeding, inappropriate gesturing and hand signals, inappropriate use of horns, flashing headlights, and tailgating.
Aggressive driving is a high and aggravated misdemeanor in the state of Georgia. This means that the offense falls into the middle ground between a misdemeanor and a felony. An aggressive driving conviction can result in up to 12 months of jail time as well as fines up to $5,000.
Aggressive driving, much like certain other traffic violations, can lead to charges of DUI in Atlanta. If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, contact our offices now. An Atlanta DUI Attorney can help you with your case today.