Georgia Traffic Laws

Georgia’s traffic laws can be found below. In 2010 Georgia enacted a law that became known as the Georgia Super Speeder Law,  O.C.G.A. § 40-6-189. The law slaps an additional $200 fine onto any speeding ticket issued in any local jurisdiction or municipality for drivers in Georgia, resident or non resident, caught speeding at 75 MPH or higher. For help with a Georgia Super Speeder ticket or fine contact a Georgia Traffic Lawyer now.

JURISDICTION: GEORGIA
This chapter summarizes Georgia Statute statutes related to speed.
General Reference: Code of Georgia Annotated (Code of 1981)

Basis for a Speed Law Violation:

Basic Speed Rule: No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and
prudent under the conditions and having regard for the actual and potential
hazards than existing. ’40-6-180

Statutory Speed Limit: 70 MPH1 on interstate system or on physically divided highways
See Other below. outside of urban areas with a population ≥50,000 ’40-6-181(b)(2)
65 MPH1 on the interstate system inside urban areas with a population
≥50,000 ’40-6-181(b)(3)
65 MPH1 on State divided highways without full access control ’40-6-
181(b)(4)
55 MPH on other locations ’40-6-181(b)(5)
30 MPH in urban or residential district ’40-6-181(b)(1)
35 MPH on unpaved county road ’40-6-181(b)(1.1)

Posted (Maximum) Speed Limit: I. Based on engineering and traffic investigations, either the State
Commissioner of Public Safety or the Commissioner of Transportation may
lower the above speed limits on any highway.2 ’40-6-182
II. Based on engineering and traffic investigations, local governments,
within their jurisdictions, may lower the maximum speed limit on any
highway. However, such limit shall neither be less than 30 MPH outside
an urban or residential district nor less than 25 MPH within such districts.
’40-6-183(a)
III. The State or a local government, within its jurisdiction, may establish a
maximum speed limit in a construction zone. ’40-6-188

Minimum Speed Limit: I. No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede
the normal and reasonable movement of traffic. ’40-6-184(a)(1)
II. Except when turning left, a person shall not dive in the left lane of a
highway, with at least 4 lanes, at less than the maximum speed limit.3 ’40-
6-184(a)(2)
III. A person, driving at less than the normal speed of traffic, shall drive in
the right-hand lane then available for traffic or as close as practicable to the
right-hand curb or edge of the roadway. ’40-6-40(b)

Posted (Minimum) Speed Limit: Based on engineering and traffic investigations, the State or a local
government, within its jurisdiction, may establish a minimum speed limit
on any highway. ’40-6-184(b)

Basis for a Speed Law Violation: (continued)

1Provided speed limit signs, appropriately designating this speed limit, have been posted on the highway.
2This includes the establishment of different highway speed limits either (1) at different times of the day, (2) for various weather conditions
or (3) for other factors bearing on safe speeds. ’40-6-182 Note: The law does not specifically allow State authorities to establish different
speed limits for different types of vehicles.

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Other: A school bus shall not be operated at a speed >40 MPH or >55 MPH on
interstate/defense highway system while transporting children to and from
school activities.4 ’40-6-160

Adjudication of Speed Law Violations:

Civil/Criminal Adjudication of Violation: Except as Noted, All Speed Law Violations are Misdemeanors. ’40-6-1
Other: Speeding in a Construction Zone is a Misdemeanor of a High and
Aggravated Nature. ’40-6-188(c)

Sanctions Following an Adjudication of a Speed Law Violation:

Criminal Sanctions:
Imprisonment:
Term (Day, Month, Years,
Etc.): Speed Law Violations-Not more than 12 months ’17-10-3(a)(1) Speeding
in a Construction Zone-Not more than 12 months ’40-6-188(c)
Mandatory Minimum Term: None
Fine:
Amount ($ Range): Speed Law Violations-Not more than $1,0005 ’17-10-3(a)(1)
Speeding in a Construction Zone-$100 to $2,0005 ’40-6-188(c)
Mandatory Min. Fine ($): None

Other Penalties:
Traffic School: A driver may be required to attend a driver improvement course.6 ’40-5-
57(c)(1)(C)
Other:

4There is an exception. A school bus may be operated on other roads at a speed >55 MPH provided the vehicle is only transporting
children to and from an event and is not loading or unloading children during the transportation. ’40-6-160(b)
5An additional fine equal to 5% of the original fine is imposed and deposited into the Peace Officer’s Annuity and Benefit Fund. ’15-21-
131
6If a driver attends a driver improvement course after the issuance of the citation but before they make a court appearance, the court shall
reduce the fine by 20 percent and the licensing agency shall assess no points against the violator. This procedure is allowed only once in 5
years. ’40-5-57(c)(1)(C)

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Licensing Action:
Type of Licensing Action
(Susp/Rev): Suspension via the Point System7 ’40-5-57
Sanctions Following an Adjudication of a Speed Law Violation:
(continued)

Licensing Action:
Type of Licensing Action
(Susp/Rev): (continued) Persons Under 21 Years Old. A person <21 years old who is convicted of
a speeding offense with an assigned point value of ≥4 points is subject to
Revocation. ’40-5-57.1(a), (b)(1) & (d)
Term of License Withdrawal
(Days, Months, Years, etc.): 1 to 5 years depending on the number of points that have been
accumulated. ’40-5-57(d)
Persons Under 21 Years Old who are subject revocation. 1st offense-6
months 2nd or subsequent offense-12 months. A person’s license cannot
be reinstated until they have completed a defensive driver program. ’40-5-
57.1(a), (b)(1) & (d)
Mandatory Minimum Term of

7Point System. I. A person’s license is subject to suspension if they accumulate 15 or more points within a 24 month period. At the end of
the suspension period, the point count is reduced to zero. Upon reaching the requisite point assessment for the first time, the license
suspension is for 1 year. Upon reaching the requisite point assessment for the second time within 5 years, the license suspension is for 3 years.
Upon reaching the requisite point assessment for the third time within 5 years, the license suspension is for 5 years; 2 years of this suspension
period are mandatory. ’40-5-57(c)(1)(B) & (d) II. The following points are assessed for speeding and speed related violations: Reckless
driving-4 points; exceeding the speed by >14 MPH but <19 MPH-2 points; exceeding the speed by >19 MPH but <24 MPH-3 points;
exceeding the speed by >24 MPH but <34 MPH-4 points; exceeding the speed by >34 MPH-6 points; other moving violations-3 points.
Important. No points are assessed for driving too fast for conditions. ’40-5-57(c)(1)(A)

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Withdrawal: 2 years upon reaching the requisite point assessment for the third time
within 5 years8 ’40-5-57(d)(3)
Persons Under 21 Years Old who are subject to revocation. 1st offense-6
months 2nd or subsequent offense-12 months ’40-5-57.1(a), (b)(1) & (d)
Miscellaneous Sanctions
Not Included Elsewhere:

Other Criminal Actions Related to Speeding:

Racing on Highway9: Misdemeanor ’40-6-186(b) & (c)
Sanctions:
Criminal Sanction:
Imprisonment (Term): Not more than 12 months ’17-10-3(a)(1)
Mandatory Minimum Term
of Imprisonment: None
Fine ($ Range): Not more than $1,0005 ’17-10-3(a)(1)
Mandatory Minimum Fine: None

Other Criminal Actions Related to Speeding:
(continued)

Racing on Highway: (continued)
Administrative Licensing Action:
Licensing Authorized and
Type of Action: Suspension ”40-5-54(a)(4) & 40-6-186(c) Suspension via the Point
System7 ’40-5-57
Persons Under 21 Years Old. Revocation ’40-5-57.1(a), (b)(1) & (d)
Length of Term of
Licensing Withdrawal: 12 months ’40-6-186(c) Via the Point System 1 to 5 years depending on
the number of points that have been accumulated. ’40-5-57(d)
Persons Under 21 Years Old. 1st offense-6 months 2nd or subsequent
offense-12 months A person’s license cannot be reinstated until they have

8I. Hardship License. Except as indicted, a person may be issued a limited license for the purpose of either (1) going to and from a place
of employment or performing employment duties, (2) receiving medical care or obtaining medications or (3) attending either educational
institutions, alcohol/drug abuse support groups or a court ordered driver improvement course. ’40-5-64 II. Early License Reinstatement.
For a license suspension based upon reaching the requisite point assessment for the first time, the license may be reinstated immediately when
the person complete a driver improvement course. For a license suspension based upon reaching the requisite point assessment for the second
time within 5 years, the license may be immediately reinstated upon the completion of an “advanced” driver improvement course. ’40-5-84(c)
& (d)
9Racing on the highways includes “any race, speed competition or contest, drag race or acceleration contest, test of physical endurance,
exhibition of speed or acceleration, or for the purpose of making a speed record….” ’40-6-186(b)

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completed a defensive driver program. ’40-5-57.1(a), (b)(1) & (d)
Mandatory Action–Minimum
Length of License
Withdrawal: None10 If via the Point System-2 years upon reaching the requisite point
assessment for the third time within 5 years7 ’40-5-57(d)(3)
Persons Under 21 Years Old. 1st offense-6 months 2nd or subsequent
offense-12 months ’40-5-57.1(a), (b)(1) & (d)

Other: A driver may be required to attend a driver improvement course.6 ’40-5-
57(c)(1)(C)

Reckless Driving11: Misdemeanor ’40-6-390(a) & (b)
Sanction:
Criminal:
Imprisonment (Term): Not more than 12 months ’40-6-390(b)
Mandatory Minimum Term
of Imprisonment: None
Fine ($ Range): Not more than $1,0005 ’40-6-390(b)
Mandatory Minimum Fine: None

Administrative Licensing Actions:
Type of Licensing Action
(Susp/Rev): Suspension via the Point System7 ’40-5-57
Persons Under 21 Years Old. Revocation ’40-5-57.1(a), (b)(1) & (d)

Other Criminal Actions Related to Speeding:
(continued)

Reckless Driving: (continued)
Length of Term of License
Withdrawal Action: 1 to 5 years depending on the number of points that have been
accumulated. ’40-5-57(d)
Persons Under 21 Years Old. 1st offense-6 months 2nd or subsequent
offense-12 months A person’s license cannot be reinstated until they have

10I. Hardship License. A person may be issued a limited license for the purpose of either (1) going to and from a place of employment or
performing employment duties, (2) receiving medical care or obtaining medications or (3) attending either educational institutions,
alcohol/drug abuse support groups or a court ordered driver improvement course. ’40-5-64 II. Early License Reinstatement. For a license
suspension based upon a first offense, the license may be reinstated after 120 days upon the completing of a driver improvement course. And,
for a license suspension based upon a second offense, the license may be reinstated after 120 days upon the completion of an “advanced”
driver improvement course. ’40-5-84(a) & (b)
11Under a separate statute, a person is required to Aexercise due care in operating a motor vehicle….@ A violation of this requirement is a
misdemeanor for which a person is subject to a jail term of not more than 12 months and/or a fine of not more than $1,000. In addition, they
may be subject to license suspension via the point system; see Footnote No. 7. ”17-10-3(a)(1), 40-5-57, 40-6-1 & 40-6-241

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completed a defensive driver program. ’40-5-57.1(a), (b)(1) & (d)
Mandatory Term of License
Withdrawal Action: 2 years upon reaching the requisite point assessment for the third time
within 5 years6 ’40-5-57(d)(3)
Mandatory Term of License
Withdrawal Action: (continued) Persons Under 21 Years Old. 1st offense-6 months 2nd or subsequent
offense-12 months ’40-5-57.1(a), (b)(1) & (d)

Other: A driver may be required to attend a driver improvement course.6 ’40-5-
57(c)(1)(C)

Driving in Circular or Zigzag Course
(Laying Drags)12: Misdemeanor ’40-6-251(a) & (d)
Sanction:
Criminal:
Imprisonment (Term): Not more than 12 months ’17-10-3(a)(1)

Mandatory Minimum Term
of Imprisonment: None
Fine ($ Range): Not more than $1,0005 ’17-10-3(a)(1)
Mandatory Minimum Fine: None

Administrative Licensing Actions:
Type of Licensing Action
(Susp/Rev): Suspension via the Point System7 ’40-5-57
Length of Term of License
Withdrawal Action: 1 to 5 years depending on the number of points that have been
accumulated. ’40-5-57(d)
Mandatory Term of License
Withdrawal Action: 2 years upon reaching the requisite point assessment for the third time
within 5 years7 ’40-5-57(d)(3)

Other: A driver may be required to attend a driver improvement course.6 ’40-5-
57(c)(1)(C)

12This offense is defined as operating a “vehicle upon the streets, highways … in such a manner as to create a danger to persons or property
by intentionally and unnecessarily causing the vehicle to move in a zigzag or circular course or to gyrate or spin around,….” ’40-6-251(a)

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Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Operators13:

Grounds for Disqualification: A person is disqualified from operating a CMV if while driving such a
vehicle they either (1) commit 2 “serious traffic violations”14 within a 3
year period or (2) commit 3 such violations within a 3 year period. ’40-5-
151(g)

Period of Disqualification: 2 serious violations (within 3 years)-Not less than 60 days 3 serious
violations (within 3 years)-Not less than 120 days ’40-5-151(g)

Period of Mandatory Disqualification: 2 serious violations (within 3 years)-60 days 3 serious violations (within 3
years)-120 days ’40-5-151(g)

13A person who has obtained a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and is qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. A commercial
motor vehicle is defined as a vehicle designed to carry either passengers or property and either has a gross vehicle weight of ≥26,001 lbs., is
designed to transport 16 or more persons, or is transporting hazardous materials which requires that the vehicle to be placarded in accordance
with U.S. Department of Transportation regulations. ’40-5-142(7)
14A “serious traffic violation” includes exceeding the speed limit by 15 or more MPH or reckless driving. ’40-5-142(22)

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