Since Georgia views driving as a privilege, the point system is a way for
the state to track drivers that have multiple driving violations and use
this information to revoke or suspend their licenses. A driver may have
a number of small-level violations that, taken on their own, may not be
seen as much, but when looked at as a whole indicates that the driver
has a number of bad driving habits.
How does Georgia use points for license suspension?
Having a license suspended indicates to employers, insurance companies,
and others that a driver may be a liability behind the wheel. Georgia
looks at the past 24 months of a driver's record and the points they
have accumulated in that time. If there have been 15 or more accumulated
points (if the driver is under the age of 21 it is just 4 points) can
lead to a suspension. Those that have a license suspension due to a points
violation will have their driving privileges revoked and be ordered to
pay an appointed fine.
The more points a traffic violation incurs, the more severe the traffic
incident. Unlawfully passing a school bus, speeding more than 34 mph over
the posted speed limit, and reckless driving all carry the highest amount
of points. If the driver has engaged in a serious violation, their license
will be automatically suspended. These violations include driving under
the influence, hit and runs, and attempting to evade a police officer.
Since a DUI is an automatic license suspension, it does not accumulate
any points, but carries immediate consequences. For a first time DUI,
a license suspension could be suspended for one year.
After six months, a driver may be able to have their license reinstated if:
- They already have had their license suspended for 120 days;
- Complete a DUI alcohol risk reduction program; and
- Submit a $210 fine for license reinstatement fees
This reinstatement will apply for a driver to get to and from work, medical
appointments, schools, and treatment programs.
Thomas & Willis, LLC have seen clients face severe hardship due to
the consequences of license suspensions. A license suspension can have
serious effects on your life. From preventing employment to loss of finances,
DUI convictions have long-lasting consequences. If you or a loved one
are facing DUI charges in Georgia, don't let this affect your driving record.
Contact the Georgia DUI attorneys at the Thomas & Willis, LLC for
a free case evaluation!