Violating Georgia driving and traffic laws can result in fines, the suspension of your driving privileges, and even imprisonment. The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) uses a point system to track violations and their corresponding penalties. Points are added to your driving record if you receive a traffic ticket for moving violations.
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MOVING VIOLATIONS AND POINTS
Different violations are assigned different point values, which are added to your driving record. For instance, moving violations like reckless driving and improper passing on hill or curve each carry two points. Six-point offenses include aggressive driving or unlawfully passing a school bus. The number of points assessed for different speeding violations are as follows:
Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 15-18 mph:2 points
Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 19-23 mph:3 points
Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 24-33 mph: 4 points
Exceeding the maximum speed limit by 34 mph or more: 6 points
View the complete Point Schedule to learn about the number of points associated with each type of moving violation.
You will be subject to specific penalties if you accumulate a certain number of points on your driving license:
- You will have your license suspended if you accumulate 15 points or more on your current driving record within 24 months. This will be inclusive of out-of state violations.
- Accumulating points on your driving license is also likely to increase your auto insurance rates. See our auto insurance section for more information about obtaining quality car insurance at competitive rates.
HOW TO CLEAR YOUR DRIVING RECORD
The Georgia Department of Driver Services maintains a record of all the points added to your driving license. However, there are a number of ways in which you can gain benefits from your current driving record.
- If you remain violation or suspension-free, you can get points deducted from your current driving record.
- Taking a Defensive Driving Course may qualify you for a reduction in your car insurance rates. You will have to get in touch with your insurance company to verify if you are eligible for reduction in premium. Defensive Driving Courses can be taken once in every five years for point reductions.
HOW TO DISPUTE A MOVING VIOLATION CHARGE
If you believe you have been incorrectly charged with committing a moving violation, you may be able to fight the charge in court. See Traffic Tickets and Traffic Ticket Attorneys for more information.