Georgia Speeding Ticket Law


Have you received a Georgia speeding ticket and wondering about the consequences? Then you are in the right place to find information on how to beat a Georgia traffic ticket.

The laws governing speeding tickets vary from state to state. That is why you need to know the consequences of your Georgia speeding ticket prior to making a decision that will effect your driving privileges and your auto insurance premiums.

If you have a Commercial Drivers License the laws have changed and you need to be aware of the danger to your livelihood of just paying a Georgia traffic ticket. There is a special section below just for CDL truck drivers.

Of course the best way to avoid a Georgia speeding ticket is to obey the law. However this may get you completely run over on most Georgia Interstates. Our experience on the interstates has been that as long as you are not doing more than 10mph over the limit then you are unlikely to receive a ticket from a Georgia State Trooper. They just have so many others to pick from. However in many Georgia towns they mean exactly what they say.

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Georgia Traffic Courts are not the friendliest places to spend your time. Most of the clerks of court are not helpful if you can even get them on the phone. In most states you first continuance is almost automatic but most Georgia courts require some type of evidence that you cannot appear.

Your first appearance for your Georgia speeding ticket is just an arraignment and the officer may or may not be there. The judge will allow you to enter a plea and pay your fine so take cash since they will not accept a check. Most courts will offer to reduce your speed by 3 to 5 mph in return for a guilty plea. This is important since a 14mph or under speeeding ticket will not be posted to your record and not increase your insurance premiums.

Traffic school or a deferment are not options to keep the ticket off your record in Georgia. You do have the option, with the judge's approval, once every five years of entering a plea of Nolo. If your record is clean it makes no sense to plead Nolo. Nolo will still show up on your record as a conviction with just no points. If you have a clean record you can stand to absorb 3 points (max of 15 every 2 years in Ga) and save your nolo plea for sometime in the future if you really need it, like in an accident.

If you intend to contest your speeding ticket then see if you can enter a plea of not guilty by mail or fax. Always mail any legal document certified return receipt. then check with the court to be sure it has been received. This needs to be done at least two weeks prior to your court date. This keeps you from wasting a day at the arraignment.

The fines for a speeding ticket in Georgia are usually between $145 and $325 dollars. The clerk of court can tell you what to expect for your particular citation.

Here are some actual notes written by the officer on a Georgia speeding ticket.

L/L closing on slower cars-@ 640.6ft- Didn’t notice…I’m sorry…on video, Not denied.

Left Lane, (the fast lane of a 4 lane) closing on slower cars. You were 640.6 feet away from the officer when the range finder of his laser locked your speed. You admitted guilt by stating you didn't know and was sorry. By saying sorry you admitted guilt and then didn't deny it. He has your confession on Video.

What this means is that this driver's chances of beating this ticket are almost nil.

If your Georgia speeding ticket is serious enough to warrant contesting then you have a decision to make, either hire an attorney or do the research so you will not make a fool of yourself in court.

Georgia Drivers License Point system

Violations of Georgia driving law will result in points being assessed to your driving record as shown below:

Violation / Points

Reckless Driving - 4 points
Unlawful passing school bus - 6 points
Improper passing on hill or curve - 4 points
15 mph but less than 19 mph - 2 points
19 mph but less than 24 mph - 3 points
24 mph but less than 34 mph - 4 points
34 mph or more - 6 points
Disobedience of any traffic-control device or traffic officer - 3 points
Possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage while driving - 2 points
Failure to adequately secure a load - 2 points
All other moving violations - 3 points
Child restraint - 1st offense - 1 point
Child restraint - 2nd and subsequent offense - 2 points
Aggressive driving (A conviction of aggressive driving by a person under 21 years of age will result in a suspension of the driver's license.) - 6 points
HOV lane violation - 4th and subsequent offense. - 1 point

Under 21 Years of Age Suspension
The Georgia driver's license of any person under 21 years of age convicted of any of the following offenses shall be SUSPENDED:

Hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident in violation of Code Section 4-6-270.
Racing on highways or streets.
Using a motor vehicle in fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.
Reckless driving.
Any offense for which four or more points are assessable under subsection (c) of Code Section 40-5-57.
*Unlawful passing of a school bus.
*Improper passing on a hill or curve.
*Exceeding the speed limit by 24 miles per hour or more.
Purchasing an alcoholic beverage.
Driving under the Influence.
Aggressive Driving, Code Section 40-6-397.
Misrepresenting age ot identity for purpose of illegally obtaining any alcoholic beverage
The driver's license of any person under 18 years of age who has accumulated a violation point count of four or more points within any 12 month period.

Georgia Ticket - Out of State License

Georgia will report your speeding ticket back to your home state and it will be posted to your driving record and treated just as if the ticket was issued in your home state. Some states do not enter minor out of state speeding tickets so check with your DMV to be certain what effect the Georgia ticket will have on your license before you just send in your money.

For example a 15mph+ ticket in Georgia will earn a North Carolina driver a 30 day suspension of their drivers license.

In many cases, contesting the ticket may result in a reduction that will not be reported back to your home state saving you big bucks on your auto insurance premiums. It is worth the expense of hiring a Georgia traffic ticket attorney to represent you in court anytime the ticket will result in a significant increase in your auto insurance premium or you drive a company vehicle. Typically any traffic ticket for 20mph over the limit will result in a major increase or if you have another speeding ticket within the last three years.

Georgia Attorney Referrals

Georgia Speeding Ticket Lawyer

If you need a Georgia lawyer, Georgia traffic ticket attorney, Atlanta Georgia lawyer or a Georgia injury lawyer, or Georgia DUI attorney we recommend the following:

For a Georgia traffic attorney in the counties of Habersham, Stephens, Turner, Tifton or City of Ashburn contact

Gus McDonald
383 Old US Highway
441 Business
Cornelia, GA, 30531
Phone: 706-778-5291
Website: Turner Georgia Speeding Ticket Attorney
or call his partner
Sam Sliger
4005 Hwy 365 South
Alto, GA 30510
(706) 778-5291
(706) 244-4994 (After Hours)

Gus is rated Superb by AVVO and is also listed in Georgia Super Lawyers.

Legal Community Endorsement of Gus McDonald, Georgia Traffic Attorney

For an Atlanta speeding ticket attorney we recommend Sean J. McIlhinney.
Sean has been practicing law for over 10 years and handles traffic ticket cases throughout the City of Atlanta, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County and Dekalb County Georgia. He specializes with commercial truck drivers, North Carolina drivers with a Georgia ticket and under 21 persons because of the harsh penalties that they are subjected to for Georgia traffic tickets. Sean knows the ins and outs of each Georgia Traffic Court and often times is able to resolve a case so that there are zero points and no reporting to the Georgia DMV! He can be contacted at:
Sean J. McIlhinney
Georgia Attorney at Law
4036 Wetherburn Way Suite A
Norcross, GA 30092
Phone (678) 387-6920
Cell Phone (404) 932-3099
Fax (673) 387-6926
Website: Atlanta Georgia Traffic Attorney

Georgia Ticket-CDL License

Truck drivers are subject to a completely different set of rules that the normal driving public.

One peculiarity in Georgia is that a restricted lane violation is entered the same as a normal lane violation. This is a serious CDL violation and can lead to a suspension.

The under 14mph rule also does not apply and all tickets will be posted to your record.

In general it pays to fight all tickets even if you have to retain an attorney because of the increase in your personal insurance premiums.

Georgia DUI Laws

If you have received a Georgia DUI ticket, I strongly recommend that you retain a Georgia DUI attorney. For a full discussion of the Georgia DUI laws and Georgia DUI attorney referrals go to

Georgia DUI laws and Georgia DUI Attorneys

Georgia Speed Trap Law

Local officers, not the Georgia Highway Patrol, are subject to the Georgia Speed Trap Law. However many jurisdictions and traffic court judges regularly ignore its restrictions on revenue speed traps.

The provisions of this law are detailed and complex and as such are beyond the scope of this article. If you think your Georgia speeding ticket was the result of an illegal Georgia speed trap, you need to retain a Georgia speeding ticket attorney to fight it for you.

Speeding in a Work Zone

Georgia has an extremely tough law regarding speeding in a work zone. It is considered a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature and the fine can be as much as $2000 and 12 months in jail. It doesn't matter if workers are present and we have reports of aggressive enforcement of this on I-75 in the early morning hours.

If you receive one of these tickets your best option is a Georgia traffic lawyer since you do not want to go into a Georgia traffic court by yourself and this is a mandatory court appearance. At the least you need to consult with a Georgia traffic attorney.

Georgia Move Over Law

We also are receiving reports of aggressive enforcement of the Georgia Move Over Law. This requires you to slow down and move over as far a possible when approaching an emergency vehicle with it lights flashing. Since the fine is $500 plus any surcharges. It is much more profitable to the local jurisdiction than a speeding ticket.

Georgia Auto Insurance

Despite the calls for tougher enforcement of the speeding laws, traffic accidents and personal injuries are continuing to decline. This is in spite of the fact that the number of vehicles and miles driven are increasing. As a result the Georgia auto insurance companies are making record profits and are offering incentives for you to change companies.

If you have not checked you auto insurance rates lately now is a good time to compare.

Georgia Speeding Ticket Trap Locations

If you are looking to avoid the congested traffic on 1-75 or 1-95 by taking US 1 south to Florida, be wary of Georgia speeding ticket traps.

In Toombs County Georgia, traveling south on US-1 the two-lane highway winds through hills and curves and you cannot pass slow moving traffic like a farm tractor ahead of you going 15 mph in a 55 mph zone. When the road finally straightens out into a long straight downhill area where you can see clearly for nearly a mile, the double yellow lines remain, legally preventing you from safely passing said slow moving farm tractor. The double yellow lines in this area make absolutely no sense. The area is wooded on both sides of the road and you seem to be on a straight wide open area out in the country. Beware the temptation to safely pass the slow moving tractor across the double yellow lines. The local Sheriff's Deputy knows out-of-towners find the double yellow lines here completely illogical and the Deputy is waiting behind a sign just ahead to take $249.00 of your money.

NOTE: Submitted from the internet. We take no responsibility for the accuracy of these speed trap reports.

Laser Jammers, Laser Detectors and Radar Detectors

Many jurisdictions in Georgia are now using Laser as their exclusive speed measuring device. The problem with most laser detectors is that by the time it goes off the officer already has your speed locked in. Georgia also approves the use of laser guns up to 2000 feet, almost one-half mile. Laser Jammers currently are not illegal like radar jammers.

Click HERE to see our radar and laser detector recommendations and laser jammers.


New Georgia Teen Driver Law

Important Notice to All Georgia Teen Drivers and their Parents

Effective January 1, 2007 there will be new requirements for class D driver’s licenses

Are you familiar with Joshua’s Law? It is a bill that changes the requirements that teen drivers must meet in order to obtain a Class D driver’s license starting on January 1, 2007.

To get a Class D driver’s license at age sixteen (16):

You must have completed a driver education course approved by the Department of Driver Services and You also must have completed a cumulative total of at least forty (40) hours of other supervised driving experience, including at least six (6) hours at night. If you have not completed an approved driver’s education course, you cannot get your Class D driver’s license until you reach age seventeen (17). Remember, forty (40) hour of driving experience, including six (6) hours of driving at night, is always required for a Class D driver’s license.


Georgia Super Speeder Law

If your Georgia speeding ticket is for more than 85mph on the interstate or 75mph or more on local roads. Georgia Driver Services will notify convicted speeders of the imposition of an additional $200.00 fee within 30 days after conviction on a speeding ticket 85 miles per hour or more on any road or highway or speeding 75 miles per hour or more on any two-lane road or highway. These Georgia Driver Services fees are in addition to court fines and fees. An experienced Georgia traffic attorney may be able to negotiate a reduction in your Georgia speeding ticket so that you are not subject to the $200.00 fee associated with Georgia's Super Speeder ticket law.

Georgia Traffic Laws

Information regarding Georgia's Traffic Laws (Georgia Code) can be found on the Lexis-Nexis website. Traffic Laws are located under Title 40 - Motor Vehicles and Traffic; Chapter 6 (Uniform Rules of the Road), Chapter 8 (Equipment and Inspection of Motor Vehicles), and Chapter 14 (Use Of Speed Detection And Traffic-Control Signal Monitoring Devices).


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