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This chapter summarizes Georgia Statute statues related to speed.
General Reference: Code of Georgia Annotated (Code of 1981) Basis for a Speed Law Violation:
Basic Speed Rule: No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard for the actual and potential hazards than existing. §40-6-180
Statutory Speed Limit: 70 MPH(1) on interstate system or on physically divided highways
See Other below. outside of urban areas with a population 50,000 §40-6-181(b)(2) 65 MPH1 on the interstate system inside urban areas with a population 50,000 §40-6-181(b)(3)
65 MPH1 on State divided highways without full access control §40-6-181(b)(4)
55 MPH on other locations §40-6-181(b)(5)
30 MPH in urban or residential district §40-6-181(b)(1)
35 MPH on unpaved county road §40-6-181(b)(1.1)
Posted (Maximum) Speed Limit: I. Based on engineering and traffic investigations, either the State Commissioner of Public Safety or the Commissioner of Transportation may lower the maximum
speed limit on any highway.(2) §40-6-182
II. Based on engineering and traffic investigations, local governments, within their jurisdictions, may lower the maximum speed limit on any highway. However, such limit shall neither be less than 30 MPH outside an urban or residential district nor less than 25 MPH within such districts. §40-6-183(a)
III. The State or a local government, within its jurisdiction, may establish a maximum speed limit in a construction zone. §40-6-188
Minimum Speed Limit: I. No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic. §40-6-184(a)(1)
II. Except when turning left, a person shall not dive in the left lane of a highway, with at least 4 lanes, at less than the maximum speed limit.(3) §40-6-184(a)(2)
Posted (Minimum) Speed Limit: Based on engineering and traffic investigations, the State or a local government, within its jurisdiction, may establish a minimum speed limit on any highway. §40-6-184(b)
Basis for a Speed Law Violation:
Other: A school bus shall not be operated at a speed >40 MPH or >55 MPH on interstate/defense highway system while transporting children to and from school activities.(4) §40-6-160
Adjudication of Speed Law Violations:
Civil/Criminal Adjudication of Violation: Except as Noted, All Speed Law Violations are Misdemeanors. §40-6-1
Other: Speeding in a Construction Zone is a Misdemeanor of a High and Aggravated Nature. §40-6-188(c)
Sanctions Following an Adjudication of a Speed Law Violation:
Criminal Sanctions: Imprisonment:
Term (Day, Month, Years,
Etc.): Speed Law Violations-Not more than 12 months §17-10-3(a)(1) Speeding in a Construction Zone-Not more than 12 months §40-6-188(c)
Mandatory Minimum Term: None Fine:
Amount ($ Range): Speed Law Violations-Not more than $1,000 §17-10-3(a)(1)
Speeding in a Construction Zone-$100 to $2,000 §40-6-188(c)
Mandatory Min. Fine ($): None
Traffic School: A driver may be required to attend a driver improvement course.(5) §40-5-57(c)(1)(C)
Type of Licensing Action
(Susp/Rev): Suspension via the Point System(6) §40-5-57
Term of License Withdrawal
(Days, Months, Years, etc.): 1 to 5 years depending on the number of points that have been accumulated. §40-5-57(d)
Mandatory Minimum Term of
Withdrawal: 2 years upon reaching the requisite point assessment for the third time within 5 years(7) §40-5-57(d)(3)
Not Included Elsewhere:
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