Without enforceable rules of the road, driving would be even more chaotic and dangerous than it already is. The federal government and the states work together to create a consistent set of laws for safety, such as driving on the right side of the road, stopping at red lights and stop signs, and the use of various warning signs.
The states then establish penalties for violating the traffic code to discourage people from taking unsafe chances. Among those penalties for minor traffic offenses, such as speeding or running a red light, are getting a ticket, paying a fine and having your license suspended or revoked.
Suspended or revoked: which is worse?
If your license is suspended, you may not drive for a particular length of time. Usually, the suspension lasts for a few months, but it may be longer if you have other infractions on your driving record.
On the other hand, if your license if revoked, the state permanently invalidates it and terminates your driving privileges. After a certain period of time, you may apply for a new license, but this means starting from the beginning of the process as if you never had one before. Unfortunately, your record will forever show that your license was revoked.
Earning more points does not win the game
In addition to tickets and fines, most traffic violations in Georgia can add points to your record. For example, if you are texting and driving, the state will assess you one point. If you accumulate 15 points within two years, your license will be suspended.
Some violations carry higher points. It would only take a few of these infractions to have your license revoked. For example, the following violations cost six points:
- Driving more than 33 mph over the speed limit
- Passing a school bus when its red lights are flashing
- Driving aggressively
If your license is suspended three times within five years, the state will label you a habitual offender. There is a good chance your license will be revoked, perhaps permanently.
What can I do about all those points?
The easiest way to avoid the penalties that follow having too many points is to not allow the points to accumulate. Driving safely is the first step to avoiding points, but in the event that you are pulled over for a traffic infraction, having an attorney can be helpful.
Your attorney will work for a reduction in charges and negotiate to have the points removed from your record. You may have to agree to attend a defensive driving course, but this is better than losing your license and the privilege to drive in Georgia.
Not many people can carry on their daily lives without the ability to drive to and from work, school or other important places. Having a lawyer to protect your driving privileges may allow you to continue your normal life without interruption.