Georgia uses a point system to penalize drivers for traffic violations. Receiving 15 points within a two year period will lead to your license being suspended, so it is crucial that you understand how points are assessed and how they can be removed. Here are a few things to keep in mind when driving around the state.
Types of convictions & corresponding points
If you are speeding but within 15 mph of the posted speed limit, points will not be assessed to your license. Driving the speed limit but going too fast for the current conditions, such as rain or fog, will also not incur points. However, there are a number of driver infractions that will incur points on your license, including:
- Unlawfully passing a school bus - 6 points
- Driving aggressively - 6 points
- Driving recklessly - 4 points
- Possessing an open container of alcohol - 2 points
- Texting while driving - 1 point
When it comes to speeding, the number of points assessed depends on how fast you are going. Going 15 to 18 mph over the posted limit incurs 2 points. Going 19 to 23 mph over incurs 3 points, while traveling 24 to 33 mph over incurs 4 points. Going 34 mph or more over the posted speed limit will result in your license being assessed with 6 points.
How to have points reduced
You can submit a request that 7 points be removed from your license every five years. In this case, you must complete a Driver Improvement Course, which teaches defensive driving tactics. Once you receive your certificate of completion, submit it to the Georgia Department of Driver Services to have the points removed from your license.