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Traffic Laws Many Drivers Do Not Know Exist

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Athens criminal defense attorney Kim T. Stephens discusses a few traffic laws that police say many drivers, especially young drivers and college students, probably do not know exist:

  1.  You can be pulled over for going the speed limit.  Georgia law requires drivers in the left lane on a highway, interstate or expressway to move over if a faster car approaches from behind.
  2. You must move over one lane not just for police cars, but also for assistance vehicles and garbage trucks.  Under Georgia’s “Move-Over Law,” drivers must move over one lane for all types of emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the highway including police cars, HERO units, ambulances, firetrucks, and even garbage trucks.  If heavy traffic will not allow you to move over, the law says you should slow down to 10 miles per hour below the speed limit.
  3.  It’s illegal to use the center lane to merge into traffic.  The center “turn lane” cannot be legally used for any purposes except to make a left turn. Drivers must enter the center lane 300 feet or less from the location where they will turn left, per Georgia law.
  4.  You cannot wear headphones in both ears while driving.  You can wear a headphone in one ear but not both.
  5.  Neither the driver nor the passenger can have an open alcoholic beverage.
  6. No part of your tag can be obstructed from view.  Tag frames and tinted covering of tags that obstruct any portion of the tag are illegal in Georgia.
  7.  Bicycles, utility carts, golf carts, tractors, lawnmowers, horses and other things that transport you are classified as vehicles for certain purposes in Georgia.  Law enforcement officers in Georgia have arrested people for DUI while driving all of these items.  It will be interesting to see if “hover boards” and Segway type devices will be classified as vehicles for DUI purposes.
  8.  Georgia law requires car headlights to be turned on when it’s raining.  Drivers must turn on headlights when driving in the rain.  Having automatic lights that don’t turn on during a storm is not a defense.  
  9.  If all the traffic lights go out at an intersection, the law requires drivers to treat it as a four-way stop.  Please be aware of this requirement during this stormy time of year.
  10.  Finally, and most importantly, IT IS ILLEGAL TO TEXT OR DO ANYTHING ELSE WITH A MOBILE PHONE WHILE DRIVING A VEHICLE OTHER THAN MAKING OR RECEIVING A CALL – EVEN IF THE CAR IS STOPPED.  It is illegal for all drivers under 18 years old to use a cell phone in a moving vehicle for any reason.  Understand this, a driver cannot use any wireless communications device to write, send, or read any text based communication, including but not limited to a text message, instant message, e-mail, social media platform, or any other internet data unless legally parked off the roadway.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH DUI OR ANY CRIMINAL OFFENSE CALL KIM T. STEPHENS TODAY AT 706. 548. 3933 FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE AND A POWERFUL DEFENSE

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