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Crackdown on Gwinnett County Texting and Driving

We’ve all heard and seen the horrifying public service announcements about the dangers of distracted driving , especially texting and driving.  While the results of not paying attention while driving can be very apparent, officers say that actually enforcing texting while driving laws is difficult.  For this reason, Gwinnett county police officers conducted a two-day undercover operation in December to catch offenders and write tickets for texting and driving. ticketed for texting and driving in georgia

During the operation, three Gwinnett county police officers were positioned in unmarked SUVs along Pleasant Hill Road.  Upon seeing someone they thought was texting while driving, they signaled to other officers down the road to pull the car over.  During the crackdown, officers wrote 17 citations during one, 11 hour span.  Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith said in article from The Gwinnett Daily Post that these results were “pretty telling” of the problem’s prevalence. Smith said that similar operations will not happen regularly because of the man power required; however, drivers should be aware it will happen intermittently in the future.

As a Gwinnett traffic attorney with over 18 years of specialized experience representing clients for traffic offenses ranging from speeding to vehicular homicide, Mickey Roberts (MRGADUI) understands that fighting a traffic ticket can be a complex matter.  Mickey shares, “what a lot of folks don’t realize about the new texting and driving law is that you don’t need to physically be texting for police to pull you over.  According to SB360, any individual who is caught manipulating their cell phone and transferring data by texting, checking email, etc. can be cited.”

Currently, anyone who receives a texting citation also receives a $150 fine and a point on their driver’s license.  The relatively new law is still rather gray, as Corporal Smith stated in the aforementioned article about what is and isn’t allowed of driving cell users, “If you’re mounting it to the dash, or looking at it from time to time, that’s fine,” Smith said. “But you can’t be fooling with it.”

To learn more about the latest cell phone laws, visit the MRGADUI blog.  To inquire about legal representation for traffic offenses, contact Mickey G. Roberts.  You can also connect with Mickey on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

License Information for New Georgia Residents

Georgia law requires an individual to apply for a Georgia driver’s license if they have resided in the state for more than 30 days. Although it is sometimes difficult for law enforcement to prove, it’s crucial to obey the law to avoid unnecessary stops. The process of transferring your license from out-of-state to Georgia is relatively simple. If you have a valid driver’s license or a license that expired less than two years ago, you can go to a local Department of Driver Services (DDS) location to receive a Georgia license. You will be asked to surrender your current license and provide proof of residency, identity, and citizenship.

If your license has been expired for less than 2 years, in addition to the information noted above you will need to take the vision exam at your local DDS.  If your license is expired for more than 2 years, you will also be required to take the written, road and vision exams. If you have lost or misplaced your out-of-state license, you will need to present an original letter of clearance or certified driving record from the issuing state at the time of application.

It’s important to note an expired or invalid license is not the same as a suspended license. Getting caught with an expired license is a lesser offense than driving with a suspended license, although law enforcement can tow your car if they decide to.  Driving on a suspended license can get you arrested and your car impounded.

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The above information is intended to help educate members of the Georgia motoring public as to their rights under the law and to assist presumptively innocent citizens in properly asserting those rights. Information within this site should not be misconstrued as legal advice.
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