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Speeding Ticket Points in Georgia

Posted by J. Burke Batten | May 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

Here's the situation: you're in a hurry. You have to get to work, or maybe you're taking the kids to the ball field. Time is running up, so you punch the gas. You drive through a speed zone at 15 mph above the speed limit. Next thing you know, those blue lights are flashing in your rear view mirror. Odds are, you're going to get a speeding ticket.

Speeding tickets may not seem like a big deal, but in most states, they can have significant consequences. On top of the hefty fines, most states have a point system--with its main purpose to identify habitually dangerous or negligent drivers and habitual or frequent violators of moving-vehicle traffic regulations. Under Georgia law, your license shall be suspended if you accumulate a violation point count of fifteen (15) or more points in any consecutivetwenty-four (24) month period

Georgia's point system for speeding violations is codified in O.C.G.A. 40-5-57(c)(1)(A) as follows:

  • Exceeding the speed limit by more than 14 miles per hour but less than 19 miles per hour.............................................2 points
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 19 miles per hour or more but less than 24 miles per hour................................................3 points
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 24 miles per hour or more but less than 34 miles per hour................................................4 points
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 34 miles per hour or more...........6 points
  • Disobedience of any traffic-control device or traffic officer....3 points
  • Too fast for conditions..........................................0 points

​If you get points assessed against your license, the first thing you will likely notice is your car insurance premiums will increase. If you exceed the twenty-four month allotment, your license can be suspended or even revoked. 

There are ways to reduce the point count on your license, though. Under O.C.G.A §40-5-86,licensed Georgia residents may request that the Department of Driver Services reduce the number of points assessed against their license up to 7 points once every 5 years. To qualify for a points reduction, you must successfully complete a certified Driver Improvement (defensive driving) course and present the original certificate of completion to the DDS by mail or in person. A list of certified Driver Improvement (defensive driving) courses can be found here.

Completing the defensive driving course after the issuance of a citation, but prior to your court appearance will also reduce the fine assessed by DDS by 20%, and NO points shall be placed on your motor vehicle record. This type of plea can also only be used once every five years, as measured from date of arrest to date of arrest. 

If you find yourself with a traffic ticket, our attorneys are happy to help you through the process. We accept payment by phone and can get the ball rolling immediately. As always, we encourage everyone to drive safely and always allow yourself 10 or 15 extra minutes to reach your destination.

About the Author

J. Burke Batten

John “Burke” Batten is a native of Douglas, Georgia. He attended Coffee County High School, where he played football and was selected as a Class AAAAA All-State Honorable Mention Quarterback, the 1-AAAAA Offensive Player of the Year, and a 1-AAAAA First Team All-Region Quarterback. He attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Religion. Burke was also a four-year member of the FCS Bucknell Bison Football team. He graduated from Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina. Burke prides himself on being a general practitioner and is experienced at analyzing any legal issue clients may have. Burke consistently advocates for adults and juveniles who have been charged with a crime. He also handles an array of civil issues, including intentional torts, business formation, real estate contracts, and other disputes. Burke is admitted to practice law in the State of Georgia, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. He is a member of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit Bar Association, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Young Lawyers Division and the General Practice and Trial Law sections of the State Bar of Georgia.


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