Traffic Laws

The number of traffic laws in the books seems endless. From maintaining a certain distance while driving behind a car to driving within the speed limit, traffic laws discourage drivers from breaking them. The reasons for obeying traffic laws are innumerable but the foremost is to protect everyone.

The Georgia DDS provides up-to-date information on Georgia's traffic laws. To ensure you're driving lawfully, or to refresh your memory, visit their website here




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GEORGIA AIMS TO STOP DRUNK DRIVERS AND KEEP CHILDREN SAFE

There are several traffic laws one must abide by in Georgia, including but not limited to obeying the speed limit and refraining from drinking and driving. There is zero tolerance for any driver who gets behind the wheel when he or she is over the legal drinking limit.

When it pertains to seat belt laws, Georgia requires the driver of a motor vehicle to wear his or her seatbelt at all times, as this can potentially save your life in an unexpected crash. Additionally, any child who is under the age of eight must be restrained in a booster seat or a child passenger safety seat. This seat must be in accordance to their weight and height, and they must be situated in the backseat of the vehicle. If the child is over 4-foot-9, they are allowed to use a seatbelt instead.

STAY INFORMED: THE MOVE OVER LAW IN GEORGIA

Along with more than 30 other states, Georgia has a "Move Over" law in place, which requires any individual to move one lane over when he or she is passing an emergency vehicle or law enforcement personnel while driving on the roads. If you are unable to move over, you must slow down to below the regular posted speed limit. Failure to abide by this law may result in penalties, such as having to pay a $500 fine.

FBI statistics have shown that 13 police officers have died as the result of being struck by a passing vehicle, either on the highway or local streets. The law is meant to protect both citizens and law enforcement officers from getting injured or killed when on public roads.