Traffic Tickets and Points

If you get a traffic ticket, you'll need to decide whether to pay the fine and accept the penalty placed on your driving record or to contest the ticket and plead not guilty. Choosing the first of these options is simpler, although your insurance premium may go up.

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Accepting the Penalty Online

If you would like to accept the penalty and pay the fine online, you should send your payment to the county court noted on your traffic ticket at least two weeks before your court date.  All tickets must be paid in full.  Check online for more detailed information for your county and be sure to read your ticket for any further information.

Fighting the Ticket

You may go to traffic court and plead “not guilty” if you believe you were not in violation of Georgia law or if you believe there are extenuating circumstances.  You may want to contact a traffic attorney before you go to court.

Lost Your Ticket

If you have lost your ticket, you will need to contact the county traffic court for the county where you received the citation.  The county clerk should be able to provide you all the information you need to pay the fine or fight the ticket.

Points for Your Tickets

The Point System ranges from 2 to 6 points.  A driver with 15 points within a 24-month period will have their license suspended.

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Getting Points Reduced

Licensed Georgia residents may request a reduction up to 7 points once every 5 years.  To qualify, you must successfully complete a certified driver improvement course and present the original certificate to the DDS by mail or in person.

"Zero-Point" Orders

The court may order a defendant to attend a driver improvement clinic approved by DDS for any points-bearing violation. The court may also accept a defendant's original certificate of completion from a DDS approved Defensive Driving Course after the issuance of a citation. If the court orders or accepts a certificate of completion, the fine shall be reduced by 20%. 

The disposition will still post on the driver's record. However, no points will be assessed for the violation. This procedure may be used once every 5 years measured from date of arrest to date of arrest, in accordance with O.C.G.A. §40-5-57(c)(1)(C). 

Super Speeder Law

If one is convicted of traveling 85 mph or more on any road or highway or 75 mph or more on any two-lane road or highway, they shall be declared a "super speeder.‟ DDS will impose a $200 fee for any conviction that meets the classifications of a super speeder. If the licensee fails to pay the fee within 90 days, the license will be suspended. The licensee will thereafter have to pay a $50 reinstatement fee. 

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Suspensions Due to Points

The driver's license of any person who has accumulated 15 or more points in any consecutive 24-month period shall be suspended.