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If you get a traffic ticket in Georgia, such as a ticket for speeding or running a red light, generally you have a few options:
- Pay the fine. This could result in points added to your license and an increase in your car insurance rates.
- Contest the ticket. You could plead not guilty or no contest. The citation should have information on the county court and how to answer it.
- Ignore the ticket and take no action. If you do not pay the fine or appear at the court date listed on the citation, this could result in a "failure to appear" finding. See more about tickets from the state of Georgia.
How do I pay the ticket?
If you decide to pay the ticket, it is an admission of guilt. Follow the instructions on your citation on how to pay your ticket. Some counties offer online payment. It's recommended that you pay your citation at least two weeks before your court date. You can use the Judicial County of Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts to locate the county court where your citation was issued.
What if I lost my ticket?
Contact the county court where your citation was issued.
What is a "Super Speeder?"
If you got a citation for traveling 75 mph or faster on a two-lane road, or 85 mph or faster on any Georgia road or highway, you could be considered a "Super Speeder," which means an additional $200 fine. If you fail to pay a Super Speeder fine, your driver's license will be suspended. You'll then have to pay a $50 license-reinstatement fee plus the $200 Super Speeder fine.
Traffic tickets and points
Georgia's system adds points to your driving record, ranging from two to six points. If you have 15 points or more within a 24-month period, your license will be suspended.
No points are given for tickets for driving less than 15 mph over the speed limit and for driving "too fast for the conditions" violations. Non-residents of Georgia will not receive points on their driving records.
Points in Georgia for traffic tickets
|Aggressive driving||6 points|
|Reckless driving||4 points|
|Unlawful passing school bus||6 points|
|Improper passing on hill or curve||4 points|
|Speeding 15-18 mph over the speed limit||2 points|
|Speeding 19-23 mph over speed limit||3 points|
|Speeding 24-33 mph over speed limit||4 points|
|Speeding 34 mph or more over the speed limit||6 points|
|Failure to obey traffic-control device||3 points|
|Failure to obey police officer||3 points|
|Possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage while driving||2 points|
|Failure to adequately secure load (except fresh farm produce), resulting in an accident||2 points|
|Violation of child safety restraint (first offense)||1 point|
|Violation of child safety restraint (second or subsequent offense)||2 points|
|Violation of usage of wireless telecommunication device requirements||1 point|
|Operating a vehicle while text messaging||1 point|
|Improper use of designated travel lane (4th and subsequent offense)||1 point|
|All other moving violations||3 points|
|Source: Georgia Department of Driver Services|
Getting points reduced
Once every five years, you can ask the Department of Driver Services (DDS) to reduce the number of points on your driving record. Up to seven points can be taken off. To qualify for a points reduction, you will need to successfully complete a certified defensive driving course and send the certificate by mail or deliver it in-person to the DDS.
If you complete a certified driving course, for some violations you may be able to get a 20% reduction of your fine and no points will be added to your driving record. However, you will not be able to avoid a $200 Super Speeder fee.
Last updated July 24, 2018