Georgia

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Georgia. Please note that GHSA does not compile any additional data on state laws other than what is presented in these pages. For more information, consult the appropriate State Highway Safety Office.

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving

    Penalties

    Increased Penalty for High BAC Administrative License Suspension on First Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions
    .15 1 year Yes Vehicle confiscation

    Ignition Interlocks

    Mandatory for repeat convictions

    Other

    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment
    Yes Yes Yes

     

  • Autonomous Vehicles

    AV testing and operations authorized under specified conditions.

  • Bicyclists and Pedestrians

    Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 16.

  • Child Passenger Safety

    Child Restraint Required

    Under 8 yrs and 57" or shorter in rear seat if available

    Adult Safety Belt Permissible

    Over 57" tall

    40 lbs or over in rear seat can use lap belt if lap/shoulder belt unavailable

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $50 + points

  • Distracted Driving

    Hand-Held Ban?

    No

    All Cell Phone Ban?

    School Bus Drivers

    Yes. Primary law.

    Novice Drivers

    Drivers under 18. Primary law.

    Text Messaging Ban?

    All drivers. Primary law.

  • Drug Impaired Driving

    DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

    • Zero tolerance for some drugs

    Marijuana-Specific Laws

    • Possession and Use: Illegal
    • Impaired Driving: Zero tolerance for THC and metabolites
  • Mature Drivers

    Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

    Choice of 5 or 10 years; veterans valid until 65 years old

    Provisions for Mature Drivers

    60 and over: renewal every 5 years

    64 and over: vision test required

     

  • Motorcyclists

    Universal helmet law enacted 1969.

  • Seat Belts

    Type of Law

    Primary

    Who Is Covered?

    Riders 8 and older

    In What Seat?

    Riders ages 8-17: All

    Riders 18 and over: Front

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $15

  • Sobriety Checkpoints

    Checkpoints are conducted weekly. Their legality is upheld under state and federal Constitution.

  • Speed and Red Light Cameras

    Speed Cameras

    No state law or programs


    Red Light Cameras

    Violation/State Law

    Permitted

    Permitted Locations/Criteria

    Statewide.

    Citation Issued To/Liability

    Registered owner/Owner

    Image Taken

    License tag, intersection and light

    Penalties (Traditional Penalties)

    $70 maximum; not a conviction or recorded offense; no points; not a moving violation; not used by insurers ($1,000 maximum; 3 points)

  • Speeding and Aggressive Driving

    Rural Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    70 70

    Urban Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    55 55

    Other Limited Access Roads

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    65 65

    *NOTE: Georgia's "Super Speeder Law" adds on $200 in state fees for any driver convicted of speeding at 75 MPH or higher on any two-lane roads or 85 MPH or higher on multiple lane roads anywhere in the state.

    Aggressive Driver Actions Defined by Statute

    Intent to annoy, harass, molest, intimidate, injure or obstruct another person, while doing one or more of the following: overtaking and passing another vehicle; violating traffic lane markings; following too closely; violating signal, lane change, slowing or stopping laws; impeding traffic flows; reckless driving.

  • Teen and Novice Drivers

    Full Privilege Minimum Age

    18 years

    Learner Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Minimum Duration (Months)

    Required Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours)

    15 12 40 (6)

    Intermediate Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Nighttime Driving Restriction

    Passenger Restriction (except family, unless noted)

    16 Midnight - 5 a.m. (secondary enforcement)

    First 6 months: no passengers

    Second 6 months: no more than 1 passenger under 21

    Thereafter: No more than 3 passengers (secondary enforcement)

  • Work Zones

    Violations Affected

    Speeding

    Enhanced Penalties

    $100-$2,000 and/or up to 12 months in jail

    Workers Must Be Present?

    Either work zone personnel, or barriers, work vehicles or shoulder or pavement drop offs

    Signs Must Be Present?

    Yes