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Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device in Georgia

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One of the most common traffic offenses we see as Georgia Traffic Attorneys is failing to obey a traffic control device, whether by running a red light or failing to stop at a stop sign. For over 25 years, our lawyers have been defending drivers charged with DUI and other traffic offenses. We have helped thousands of clients achieve amazing results and desire to help you too. Contact us today for a free no-obligation case evaluation.

Georgia Law on Traffic Control Devices

According to O.C.G.A. § 40-6-20(a),  the driver of any vehicle shall obey the instructions of an official traffic-control device applicable thereto, placed in accordance with this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, subject to the exceptions granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this chapter.

A traffic control device can be a sign, signal device, or other indicated place on a road or highway. A person can be charged with failure to obey a traffic control device in Georgia by:

  • running a stop sign
  • running a red light
  • failing to stop at a flashing red light
  • failing to slow down at a flashing yellow light
  • turning left when there was a red arrow signal
  • turning right when there was a sign that said no right turns allowed

Flashing Lights in Georgia

If a traffic light is not functioning properly at an intersection, all drivers must treat the intersection as if a stop sign is posted for all directions. Drivers must proceed based on the color of the flashing signal they are facing.

  • Flashing red light: Stop and wait until it is safe to proceed. Even if there is no one coming from any direction, you must come to a complete stop.
  • Flashing yellow light: Proceed with caution. While this does not mean you have to come to a complete stop,  slow down and be prepared to stop, if needed. The key is to exercise caution when approaching a flashing yellow light.
  • All lights are out: Stop at the intersection. Proceed only when you know other turning or approaching vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians have stopped. However, if police officers are directing traffic, you must obey their directions.

Penalty for Red Light Violation or Failure to Comply with Traffic Control Device in Georgia

Even though running a red light may not seem like a big deal, the penalties can have an impact on your life. Points on your license, up to a $1,000 fine, and higher insurance premiums are all standard consequences associated with failing to obey a traffic control device in Georgia. As with any traffic and criminal matter, you have the right to hire a Georgia Traffic Attorney. While it is possible to pay the ticket before court, doing that is an admission of guilt, and points will be assessed on your license.

Failing to obey a traffic control device is a 3 point offense in Georgia. While this may not seem like much, for drivers under 21, a culmination of 4 or more points will result in a license suspension. For drivers over 21,15 points and over will lead to a license suspension. In either situation, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced Traffic Lawyer in Georgia. Our lawyers can negotiate a lower fine, a reduced charge that will result in fewer points being added to your license, or a dismissal of your case.

Red Light Camera Tickets

Red light cameras have been popping up all over the State of Georgia. You may not even realize you ran the red light but then receive a ticket in the mail a couple weeks or months later. The good news is that tickets from these cameras are not considered moving violations and do not affect your insurance rates. They still carry a fine and the fine is sent to the owner of the car. This gets problematic when the owner of the vehicle was not the one driving. Failing to pay the ticket promptly can result in additional fees or collection efforts.

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