Georgia

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Georgia. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

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AV legislation

Authorizes full deployment with or without a human operator depending on level of vehicle automation.

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Bike helmets required?

Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 16.

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

Universal helmet law enacted 1969.

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

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

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

60 and over: renewal every 5 years
64 and over: vision test required

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

Zero tolerance for some drugs

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Illegal

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

Zero tolerance for THC and metabolites

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

70 (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.)

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

70 (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.)

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

70 (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.)

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

70 (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.)

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

65 (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.)

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

65 (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.)

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Open container laws

Yes

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Repeat Offender Laws

Yes

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Increased penalty for high BAC

0.15

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

1 year

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Limited driving privileges during suspension

Yes

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Ignition Interlocks

Mandatory for repeat convictions

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Child Restraint Required

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

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

Over 57" tall
40 lbs or over in rear seat can use lap belt if lap/shoulder belt unavailable

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

18 years

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

 15

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

12

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Learner Stage: Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours in Parenthesis)

40 (6)

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

Midnight - 5 a.m. (secondary enforcement)

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Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restrictions (Except Family, Unless Noted)

First 6 months: no passengers
Second 6 months: no more than 1 passenger under 21
Thereafter: No more than 3 passengers (secondary enforcement)

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Type of Law

Primary

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Who is Covered?

8 and older

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In What Seat?

8-17 yrs: All
18 and over: Front

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Hand-Held Ban?

Yes. Primary Law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

Yes. Primary Law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

No

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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. Primary law.

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Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

School zones, one hour before and after instruction time

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

Statewide

Law enforcement officers cracking down on speeding during multi-state campaign

Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee are partnering again for Operation Southern Shield, a high visibility enforcement period focusing on speeding. Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director and GHSA Vice Chair Harris Blackwood discusses.

Law enforcement officers cracking down on speeding during multi-state campaign

Story by Isabel Hughes
July 11, 2018

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