Christmas is traditionally a time in which people are encouraged to spread goodwill to others. One police department in Georgia is in the midst of the second year of its own tradition, designed to show the community that officers care about the people they serve. Unfortunately, their outreach may be viewed by some as unfair treatment when it comes to traffic violations.
Georgia residents may already be aware that there is some controversy regarding traffic tickets within the Peach State. Speeding tickets and other citations are meant to be a penalty when a driver breaks the law because driving too fast or in a careless fashion can lead to serious crashes. Though certainly such penalties are in place to keep the general public safe on the road, there is solid evidence that the fines paid by drivers who receive these tickets make up an enormous portion of the budget in some cities and towns.
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 parents do their best to prepare their teens for adult privileges like driving. When a teen passes the road test, receives a license and grabs the keys, parents can only hope the teen will be careful and responsible behind the wheel. Unfortunately, young drivers are sometimes tempted to push the limits, and juvenile driving offenses can carry big consequences.
Georgia residents may be surprised to learn that the Peach State was recently mentioned in an interesting article in Forbes Magazine. The article exposed a correlation between municipalities that have a consistently high number of traffic violations and the budget. Traffic tickets are meant to serve as a penalty to combat driver error, but the article exposes an ulterior motive.
Georgia families are enjoying the last few weeks of summer vacation, but the state is already prepping for back to school. In an effort to keep students safe, traffic cameras have been installed in school zones in some parts of the state. These cameras are designed to catch drivers that may be speeding or committing another driving offense.
While the nation is celebrating the anniversary of America's independence, the state of Georgia saw another anniversary pass. One year ago, the state passed a law prohibiting drivers from using a phone or other device while driving. This is the law of the land for anyone out and about on Georgia roads. If a person is not aware of the statute and violates its terms, he or she may be charged with traffic violations.
Drivers will notice an increased police presence on the roads up and down the East Coast in the coming weeks. The state of Georgia will be participating in Operation Coast to Coast, an initiative in which at least eight states have joined. The purpose is to station extra law enforcement along routes that are frequently used by those traveling for vacation. With summer vacation already underway, police are cracking down on traffic violations.
These days, most adults have come to rely on a smartphone or similar device to assist with daily tasks. Certainly handy, a few clicks and swipes can pay a bill or allow the user to check in with friends, find directions and even order takeout. These devices may now seem like second nature, and some people may not realize that using one while driving is not only dangerous, but can result in tickets for traffic offenses in Georgia.
Slow down, Georgia, you're on the radar. After a bit of research by a website that helps users find local gas prices, it was determined that Georgia drivers have become some of the most aggressive in the nation. Aggressive driving can refer to things like speeding, slamming on the brakes, and other maneuvers a driver may use to express his or her frustration on the road. While certainly, most drivers do their best to stay safe and obey the laws, a moment of frustration can attract the attention of law enforcement, or even lead to an accident, which can cause trouble for a driver.