HB 534, Drag Racing - Prohibit

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Rep. Josh Bonner
District 72
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3/19/2021
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This bill aims to prohibit the organization and participation in street racing, drag laying, or other related activities. It also expands what could be considered reckless and dangerous driving. The bill would call for the suspension of a driver's license for any person convicted of reckless stunt driving, but will allow for those who's license has been suspended to apply for a probationary license, if eligible, pursuant to O.C.G.A. 40-5-58.

Pursuant to the proposed legislation, the first conviction within a five-year period would result in a 12-month suspension, a fine of not less than $300.00 but no more than $750.00 and a period of imprisonment of not fewer than ten days and not more than six months. The convicted offender could apply for early reinstatement with the Department of Driver Services, but they would have to pay a $210 fee. 

A second conviction within that time frame would result in an 18-month license suspension with a restoration fee of $310, along with a fine of not less than $600.00 and not more than $1,000.00 and period of imprisonment of not fewer than 90 days and not more than 12 months. A third conviction would result in an indefinite suspension. 

A third conviction within ten years would be a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature, punishable by a fine of not less than $1,000.00 and not more than $5,000.00 and period of imprisonment of not fewer than 120 days and not more than 12 months. The vehicle involved the reckless driving charge could also be impounded by the state, per the legislation. 

A fourth conviction within ten years would be a felony, punishable by a fine of not less than $1,000.00 and not more than $5,000.00, and a prison term of not less than one year and not more than five years.

Municipal courts would have jurisdiction over offenses taking place within city limits. Specifically municipalities would be authorized to impose the misdemeanor or high and aggravated misdemeanor punishments provided for in this bill upon a conviction of violating any ordinance adopting the provisions of this bill.

 

BILL STATUS
5/3/2021 - Effective Date 5/3/2021 - Act 152 5/3/2021 - Date Signed by Governor

Votes

3/29/2021 Senate Vote #325 Yea - 46 Nay - 3 Not Voting - 2 Excused - 5
3/8/2021 House Vote #217 Yea - 130 Nay - 39 Not Voting - 6 Excused - 5