While not found in the Georgia state driving manual for new drivers, there are certain rules about traffic tickets and traffic laws that we all think we know. Ready for a shock? Much of what you believe to be fact isn’t true. Have a look at these common myths about Georgia traffic laws and discover the real rules of the road.
Myth #1: If the cop who issued your ticket doesn’t show up to court when you contest it, you’re off the hook.
Fact: Okay, so technically this has some truth to it. If the cop doesn’t show, the courts are VERY lenient in rescheduling to accommodate the officer’s schedule. Also, they are pretty good about showing up when they need to. Police officers schedule as many citations as possible with the court clerks within the same day to prevent all possible no-shows. An effective attorney will be best suited to argue for why your case should be dismissed.
Myth #2: Your car color affects your chances of being pulled over.
Fact: There is no proven evidence that police issue more tickets to cars of certain colors. Whether your new hybrid is red or white doesn’t make a difference. If it did, you’d be paying extra cash for your insurance premium every year. The only thing that matters is if you were breaking traffic laws.
Myth #3: You’ll get a ticket for driving with bare feet or in flip-flops.
Fact: Nonsense. Bare feet have better control of the car pedals than anyone wearing stilettos or boots. As long as you’re driving safely, shoe choice is not an issue. In fact, if you are wearing shoes, and you are pulled over for suspicion of DUI, the officer will likely give you the option to remove your shoes for the field sobriety tests.
Myth #4: Police won’t ticket you for an emergency.
Fact: Speeding is speeding. Ultimately, it’s up to the cop who pulls you over whether to give you a ticket or not based on the situation. If your wife is in labor you have a better chance of getting away without a ticket than if you simply have to find a restroom after finishing a Big Gulp.
Myth #5: Keeping up with the flow of traffic will keep you from getting a ticket.
Fact: Wrong. If traffic is moving above the speed limit, then you’re speeding. That’s all the cops will see, so forget the notion of safety in numbers.
Myth #6: If you don’t sign your ticket, it will be thrown out.
Fact: When you sign your ticket, it’s just to acknowledge that you’ve received it. All a blank line does is create a clerical error which doesn’t do anything to help you. While you could claim in court that you never received the ticket, that’s perjury, and in considering your word against the officer’s, the judge can see right through you.
The rules of the road are more complicated than many people know. Common conceptions often turn out to be false. Misconceptions about Georgia DUIs can cost you big. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, contact our lawyers at Savannah DUI to get clear answers and protect your freedom. We offer a free consultation and flat fees for affordability.