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What are the most common moving violations people are ticketed for?

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | Traffic Violations |

Georgia law sets strict standards for drivers. Violations of any laws related to driving can result in a traffic ticket. If a vehicle is in motion at the time of a violation, it’s known as a moving violation.

Moving violations impact an individual motorist’s standing within the point system in Georgia. For each violation that a driver is convicted of or that they pay without going to court, points are assessed. Once a driver gets a certain number of points within a specific period, they can lose their driving privileges. Understanding and anticipating some of the more common moving violations may help drivers to avoid them.

Texting while driving

Texting while driving comes with a one-point penalty. This violation isn’t limited only to texting. Using a cellphone at all while driving is part of this charge, so it’s best for drivers to avoid touching their phone while they’re operating the vehicle.

Speeding violations

The number of points a driver receives is based on how many miles per hour (mph) the driver is going above the posted speed limit. The number of points assessed is the same, even in work zones and bridges.

  • 15 to 18 mph: 2 points
  • 19 to 23 mph: 3 points
  • 24 to 33 mph: 4 points
  • 34 mph or more: 6 points

The “Super Speeder” law assesses additional penalties to a speeding ticket. The surcharge is for people going 85 mph or faster on roads with more than two lanes or going at least 75 mph on a two-lane road.

Impaired driving

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a moving violation that’s charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. It Having an open container in a vehicle is a three-point violation.

Anyone who gets a moving violation ticket should evaluate their options for addressing the matter. For some, going to court to fight the ticket is the best choice. Seeking legal assistance to determine possible outcomes is a good idea for anyone who wants to avoid points on their license.