For some years now, Georgia residents have become used to doing many things online. Many people now shop, pay bills, schedule appointments and complete various other mundane tasks on the internet. What used to require a written check and a stamped envelope can now be accomplished with a few quick clicks. Even some legal situations, like traffic violations that resulted in a fine, can usually be handled online.
Georgia residents should be aware that a cyber attack is affecting the computer systems used to process traffic tickets. Recently, a reported malware virus rendered computers used by Georgia’s Department of Public Safety unusable. The state police and other law enforcement agencies have had to resort to the old method of tedious paperwork to process tickets and similar offenses that carry a fine.
Representatives for the Department of Public Safety are warning residents that it now takes twice as long to process a ticket for a traffic violation. Before the cyber attack, a person could get information or settle his or her traffic ticket in only a few days. Now, some people go a week or more before more information is available.
Though the inconvenience is obvious and representatives say they will work to fix it as soon as possible, drivers should remember that a traffic ticket does not mean a driver is guilty. Though fighting a ticket for traffic violations might sound stressful or scary, drivers need to be aware that the state has to provide proof before a driver is found guilty and a penalty is assessed. In such cases, an attorney can help a driver get all the ducks in a row to prepare for court, and aim for a swift and favorable result.