In Georgia, the charge of failure to obey a traffic control device is defined by O.C.G.A. §40-6-20(a): The driver of any vehicle shall obey the instructions of an official traffic-control device applicable thereto, placed in accordance with this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, subject to the exceptions granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this chapter.
This statute lists some exceptions to subsection (a). For example, if the traffic device does not conform to the legal requirements a driver may be able to beat the charge of failure to obey a traffic control device.
Failure to obey a traffic control device can refer to several scenarios including: running a red light, failure to stop at a stop sign, or making a left turn where a “no turn” sign is posted.
A conviction under this statute will cause 3 points to be assessed to your driver’s license, which may cause your insurance rates to increase substantially. A schedule of points assessed by the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services can be found here: http://www.dds.ga.gov/drivers/dldata.aspx?con=1749471757&ty=dl.
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