Pedestrians and vehicles regularly come in close contact with one another in and around the roadways. This is particularly true around towns, cities, and major metropolitan areas throughout Georgia. Most drivers do what they can to avoid striking pedestrians, but many people are confused about when a pedestrian has the right-of-way in Georgia. Here we want to discuss what state law says about the pedestrian right-of-way. Whether you are a pedestrian or a driver, this information is crucial to ensuring smooth and cooperative roadway operations. What rights do pedestrians have in Georgia? An old saying that commonly gets tossed around… read moreREAD MORE
Pedestrian safety is incredibly important, particularly when people will be on foot around vehicle traffic. The state of Georgia has passed several laws to promote pedestrian safety. In general, vehicle drivers are expected to yield to pedestrians in or around the roadway. However, pedestrians also have laws that they need to follow. Please note that you will not find the term “jaywalking” anywhere in the Georgia code of laws. You may hear people refer to jaywalking to describe a person crossing the street outside of a legal crosswalk, but this type of activity is not necessarily illegal. What do Georgia… read moreREAD MORE
Mopeds have become an increasingly popular method of transportation for Georgia citizens, but understanding Georgia moped laws can be confusing. In this state, laws and regulations for scooters, electric bicycles, and mopeds all differ when it comes to license, insurance, and registration requirements. It is important to know whether or not you need a license to operate a moped in Georgia. Do you need a license for a moped? Georgia law requires that all moped operators carry a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit. These vehicles cannot be ridden if a rider has neither of those types of licenses. What… read moreREAD MORE
Passing through Atlanta’s school zones comes with certain rules and regulations drivers must obey – or else risk the lives of parents, children, and other pedestrians. In 2015, teens accounted for almost 50% of pedestrian fatalities. School zones are critical areas that demand special attention from drivers. They are areas with high volumes of children walking around and crossing the streets. Failing to pay attention in a school zone could lead to traffic citations and fines…or worse, a serious pedestrian accident. Always Obey the Speed Limit Posted speed limits in school zones should not exceed 20 miles per hour. Some… read moreREAD MORE
Many pedestrians and drivers alike are unaware of pedestrian rights inside and outside of crosswalks. Georgia is a state known for its unique crosswalk laws – since 1995, Georgia drivers must stop and remain stopped while a pedestrian is in a crosswalk. Other states simply require that drivers yield to a pedestrian, but this Georgia law saves pedestrian lives, helps reduce accidents with pedestrians and catches drivers off guard. If a pedestrian is crossing outside of a crosswalk, the law becomes more complicated. Pedestrian Rights Inside Crosswalks Under Georgia law, drivers of motor vehicles must allow a pedestrian to complete… read moreREAD MORE
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