Driving “too fast for conditions” means a driver is going at a speed that impairs their ability to safely control their vehicle with the current road conditions. What is actually considered “too fast” will depend on the specific details of the case.
Georgia’s “too fast for conditions” law is found under Georgia Code § 40-6-180. This statute states that no one should driver at a “speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard for the actual and potential hazards then existing.”
The law also specifically mentions that all drivers should go a reasonable and prudent speed when:
- Approaching and crossing a railroad grade crossing or intersection
- Approaching and traveling around a curve
- Approaching and traveling over a hillcrest
- Traveling on a narrow or winding roadway
- There are special hazards related to pedestrians, other traffic, or highway or weather conditions
When Driving “Too Fast for Conditions” Applies in Georgia
Since this traffic violation can be so subjective, drivers must be careful to monitor current road conditions. If someone is driving within the speed limit but still going too fast to be safe in the current conditions, they can still be charged. It typically comes down to whether or not a driver is able to control their vehicle in the conditions.
Hazardous conditions that might impair someone’s ability to drive safely at certain speeds may include:
- Ice, rain, sleet, or snow
- Heavy traffic
- Visibility issues
- Slippery roads
- Obstacles in the road
These types of obstacles or conditions might make it difficult for people to maneuver, go along a curve, or otherwise drive safely even within the posted speed limit.
Police can give someone a ticket for “too fast for conditions” in any of these situations. Another traffic violation does not have to exist for someone to be cited for this offense. They can also issue a citation if the driver did not reduce their speed as they approached an intersection or curve.
Pulling over a driver for “too fast for conditions” may also lead an officer to investigate other offenses, such as drug possession or driving under the influence.
Penalties for Driving “Too Fast for Conditions” in Georgia
The “too fast for conditions” violation falls under Georgia’s “Basic Rules” statute, which was listed above. If someone is convicted for a basic rule violation, they may face a fine of less than $1,000. Points are not put on a driver’s driving record for a basic rule violation.
The one exception to the above rules applies to commercial driver’s license (CDL) drivers. If a CDL driver is convicted of any moving violation, including “too fast for conditions,” it must be reported to the Department of Driver Services (DDS). This can result in further penalties for the driver.
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The “too fast for conditions” law in Georgia is in place for a reason. If someone drives too fast for current road conditions, they can easily lose control of the vehicle and/or cause an accident. This endangers other drivers on the road. If you or a loved one was the victim of an auto accident like this, John Foy & Associates is here to help.
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