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Cohutta Police Department

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Georgia drivers should mark that date on their calendars and put a sticky note next to their keys.. January 1st, 2010. It's the day the new state 'Super Speeder Law' goes into effect in Georgia. And any high-risk drivers who make a habit of ignoring posted speed limits will be the first to feel the pinch of higher state fines (called fees) on their wallets. How much higher? The new law titled HB160 tacks-on another two-hundred-dollar state-fee for any driver convicted of speeding at 75-or-more on any two-lane roads.. OR convicted of speeding at 85-and-over anywhere in Georgia. Those new state fees will be in addition to any local fines already in effect in the jurisdiction where the speeding offense occurs.

**NOTE**
The above information was obtained from the Georgia Super Speeder Law Website. These "fees" will be administered and collected by the Georgia Department of Driver Services - NOT the Cohutta Municipal Court. The fee for the super speeder law comes after your citation is adjudicated with the Town Court. The Town of Cohutta DOES NOT receive any of the fees collected from this new law. If you have questions or need more information on how the new Georgia Super Speeder Law will affect you or your family/friends the Cohutta Police Department encourages you to visit the Georgia Super Speeder Website at:
http://www.safespeedsgeorgia.org/

AGAIN THE TOWN OF COHUTTA POLICE DEPARTMENT AND/OR MUNICIPAL COURT DOES NOT REGULATE THIS FEE - THE STATE OF GEORGIA DOES!!!
If you will please pay attention to all posted speed limits within the Town of Cohutta and abide by them, then you will not have to worry about the Georgia Super Speeding Law affecting you in a negative manner.





The Cohutta Police Department reminds motorists to remain observant of the speed limits when operating their vehicles within the city limits. It is against Georgia Law O.C.G.A 40-6-180 to operate any vehicle in violation of posted speed limits or Too Fast for Conditions. Many factors play a role in being Too Fast for Conditions, but the "conditions" include but are not limited to: adverse weather conditions, traffic conditions, roadway conditions and location in regards to intersections, schools, congested areas and special hazards being present such as school buses and pedestrians. Again this is just a "few" examples of being Too Fast for Conditions. Please take the time to obey all speed laws within our jurisdiction.

The actual Georgia Law regarding this violation reads as follows:

§ 40-6-180. Basic rules
No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard for the actual and potential hazards then existing. Consistently with the foregoing, every person shall drive at a reasonable and prudent speed when approaching and crossing an intersection or railroad grade crossing, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching and traversing a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, and when special hazards exist with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions.

Chief Grossman would like to remind all commercial vehicle drivers to be aware of the laws pertaining to driving a commercial vehicles thoughout the town. Along with all applicable Georgia State Laws, the Chief specifically reminds Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers to be aware of Georgia Code 40-6-52 which states:

Trucks using multilane highways:
(a) As used in this Code section, the term "truck" means any vehicle equipped with more than six wheels, except buses and motorcoaches.
(b) On roads, streets, or highways with three or more lanes allowing for movement in the same direction, it shall be unlawful for any truck to operate in any lanes other than the two most right-hand lanes, except when the truck is preparing for a left turn or as otherwise provided by subsection (d) of this Code section.
(c) On roads, streets, or highways with two lanes allowing for movement in the same direction, it shall be unlawful for any truck to operate in the left-hand lane, except when the truck is actually overtaking and passing another vehicle, preparing for a left turn, or as otherwise provided by subsection (d) of this Code section.
(d) On interstate highways with four or more lanes allowing for movement in the same direction, the Department of Transportation may designate specific lanes that either prohibit or allow trucks. Where truck usage has been so designated and indicated as such by signs erected by the Department of Transportation, it shall be unlawful for any truck to operate in any lanes other than as designated.
=Violations of this section will not be allowed - Specifically on Georgia Hwy.71





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The Cohutta Police Department asks all motorists to be alert, and please move-over when approaching an emergency vehicle.

Georgia Move Over Law Information Link:
http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/moveoverlaw.html

Move-Over-Law: Georgia Code, Title 40-6-16.
a. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle that is displaying flashing yellow, amber, white, red, or blue lights shall approach the authorized emergency vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a peace officer, proceed as follows:
1. Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
2. If a lane change under paragraph (1) of this subsection would be impossible, prohibited by law, or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
b. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary towing or recovery vehicle or a stationary highway maintenance vehicle that is displaying flashing yellow, amber, or red lights shall approach the vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a peace officer, proceed as follows:
1. Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the towing, recovery, or highway maintenance vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
2. If a lane change under paragraph (1) of this subsection would be impossible, prohibited by law, or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
c. Violation of subsection (a) or (b) of this Code section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00.


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The Town of Cohutta welcomes all vistors of the bicycling community. However, The Cohutta Police Department would like to stress the importance of bicycle safety within the town. Cohutta Police Department encourages all riders to obey all of the appliable Georgia Laws pertaining to bicycles and sharing the roadway with other vehicles. We encourage all bicycle riders to visit the Georgia Bikes! wesbite to find more information on safe bicycling practices for adults and children. Again, please share the road and obey all laws when using any form of transportation within the Town of Cohutta.

Link:
Georgia Bikes Website:
http://www.georgiabikes.org/


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The Cohutta Police Department encourages all commercial vehicles moving oversized loads throughout the city limits of Cohutta to follow and obey the Georgia Department of Transportation Rules and Regulations. Oversized loads must obey all Georgia Traffic laws and Rules, and must have on display a Georgia amber light permit if applicable, that is issued by the Georgia Department of Public Safety. Oversized loads must abide by the Georgia Title 32 Laws governing length, width and height of vehicles and loads. Also, oversized loads are reminded that they are not allowed to be transporting oversized loads (except for weight only permitted loads) after the allowed Georgia DOT Rule Hours and Days of Operation. Further information can be obtained through the Georgia Department of Public Safety Website.

Links:
Georgia DOT Rules:
http://www.dot.state.ga.us/doingbusiness/permits/oversize/Pages/DOTRule.aspx

Georgia Department of Public Safety:
http://dps.georgia.gov

Sunrise/Sunset Table for Oversized Load Hours of Service:
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneYear.html

Official Code of Georgia:
http://www.lexis-nexis.com/hottopics/gacode/default.asp

 

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