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Aggressive Driving is a Serious Criminal Offense in Georgia
If you find yourself getting angry, making rude gestures to other motorists, blowing your horn impatiently, cutting off or “brake-checking” other drivers, or even cursing under your breath, your actions could cause you to be criminally charged with aggressive driving, which is a serious misdemeanor in Georgia. While many people let temporary angry emotions pass, others do not, and the situation can quickly turn into a very dangerous “road rage” incident.
Georgia statutes define aggressive driving as “operating any motor vehicle with the intent to annoy, harass, molest, intimidate, injure or obstruct another person.” The next time you are on the highway and pass someone, make sure you are well in front of them before pulling in front of them as cutting close could be considered as road rage. Take extra caution to avoid any maneuvers on the roadways which could be interpreted by other motorists as harassing or aggressive.
If You are the Victim of Road Rage
Try to minimize the chances of a road rage accident by taking certain actions if you find someone harassing you, including:
- Keeping your eyes on the road;
- Taking the next available exit to avoid the aggressive motorist;
- Not reacting to any provocation, even slight provocation by the other driver; and
- Avoiding eye contact with a driver who is acting in an aggressive manner.
If at all possible, keep away from the person who is targeting you with aggressive behavior. If you find that the person is following you, drive to a public place or a police station. If you find yourself being targeted, always call 911 immediately and provide the dispatcher with the license plate number and a description of the vehicle and driver.
If You Find Yourself Becoming Overly Irritated
If you know you have a tendency to become impatient or upset with other drivers, you can take some steps to ensure that you are not the cause of a road rage incident, including:
- Not driving when you are tired, angry or upset;
- Ensuring that you allow plenty of travel time to reach your destination;
- Being courteous, patient and forgiving while on the road; and
- Listening to music that is calming.
If you find yourself charged with aggressive driving, or any other traffic matter, the attorneys at Treadaway & Treadaway have the extensive experience with traffic matters to be able to keep these serious offenses from being reported to your driver’s record and/or your insurance company. A conviction for aggressive driving will have drastic effects on your insurance premiums for years to come. Call the attorneys at Treadaway & Treadaway today for a free consultation regarding any and all traffic matters, no matter how insignificant they may seem.