Failure to Maintain Lane in Georgia
When people think of traffic violations, they usually assume speeding tickets or red light violations. While these are both very common tickets in Georgia, there are many other types of traffic tickets. Failure to maintain lane is a lesser known offense but is often associated with accidents or DUI charges. A failure to maintain lane charges means that the driver was not remaining in their designated lane. This includes going into the other lane or going over the line to the right or left of the vehicle. If you have received a ticket for failure to maintain lane, contact our Georgia DUI Attorneys today. With over 25 years of experience, we know how to resolve your charge and get you back to life quickly. Contact us today.
Georgia Laws on Failure to Maintain Lane
Under O.C.G.A. §40-6-48 all drivers operating on a public roadway should drive “nearly as practicable” within a single lane. Furthermore, the driver should not move into another lane without confirming that the movement is safe. Drivers that violate this law can receive a ticket for failure to maintain lane.
Many people assume that failure to maintain lane is weaving all over the road. However, that is not the only way to violate the statute. Numerous courts in Georgia have interpreted the statute to include a driver who simply touched the white or yellow lines. Furthermore, once an officer has pulled you over, they can investigate a DUI if they feel there is evidence. For instance, if they smell alcohol while you are pulled over. We have seen countless clients pulled over for failure to maintain lane that also receive a DUI or a drug-related charge.
This law is ambiguous because it seems to suggest that a person is allowed to weave as long as they do not touch the lines. This law can be interpreted differently so that is why it is critical to hire our Georgia Attorneys to make the law work in your favor instead of against you!
Georgia Penalty for Failure to Maintain Lane
If you have only been charged with failure to maintain lane, the ticket will usually result in a small fine and three points on your driver's license. It is important to remember that while 3 points may not seem very much, an accumulation of 15 points in 2 years will lead to a license suspension for six months. For a person under 21 years of age, 4 points will result in the driver's license being suspended.
However, as we discussed previously, failure to maintain lane is often associated with other tickets. Charges such as a DUI or possession of marijuana carry severe consequences that will have a significant impact on your life.
Therefore, it is best to hire a failure to maintain lane attorney in Georgia from the very beginning! There are always defenses available to you, and our experienced Georgia Traffic Tickets Lawyers can help.
Contact our Experienced Georgia Failure to Maintain Lane Lawyers Now
At The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, our top-rated Georgia traffic defense lawyers have exceptional experience handling failure to maintain lane tickets. If you or a loved one was charged with failure to maintain lane with or without a DUI charge as well, we are ready to assist you. For a free, no-obligation case evaluation, contact our team today.