Penalties for Distracted Driving in Georgia

Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer Kathy McArthur

Video Transcript:

Rob Rosenthal:

What's the penalty in Georgia for texting and driving? We asked Georgia attorney Kathy McArthur in this Ask The Lawyers Quick Question.

Kathy McArthur:

For a first time violator, the penalty is $50, but if you appear at court and you show that you have purchased a hands-free device, then you'll be let off the hook. The penalties get more severe on a second time and a third time violation, if it's within 24 months. I guess at 24 months, maybe you go back to being a first offender, I don't know, but it's a $100 if it's the second violation, $150 if its the third violation, I don't know what if you get four in 24 months. You might need to go to jail for contempt at that point, I don't know, that's not in the statute.

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