Lawrenceville, Ga. – A crash resulted in a fatality on an interstate in Gwinnett County earlier today.
According to reports, the accident occurred as a result of a driver losing control of his vehicle. Authorities discovered the driver dead at the scene.
Although the crash is still under investigation, as a Lawrenceville DUI Lawyer, I will outline the law behind what officers believe led to the initial collision – reckless driving.
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.
Reckless driving charges are often seen alongside charges for DUI in Lawrenceville. If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact our offices today.