Many people assume that everyone has the right to drive a vehicle. They often forget that driving is a privilege, not a right. There’s a great deal of responsibility that goes along with being in control of a machine that can easily cause destruction or in the worst cases, take someone’s life. Therefore, the state of Georgia (like other states) considers reckless and negligent drivers to be a danger to the welfare and safety of the general public. In today’s post from AGLC DUI School, we’re going to discuss some of the ways you can lose your driving privileges. Keep reading, and if you are required to complete a Georgia Defensive Driving or Risk Reduction Course, give us a call or register for our next class.
The Georgia Department of Driver Services has the ability to cancel licenses outright, making them null and void. Some of the reasons why a license may be canceled are if, upon renewal, the applicant is unable to provide a valid social security number or I-94 immigration document. Applicants may also have their license canceled if it is discovered that it was suspended or revoked in another state.
Georgia DDS can also choose to cancel a license if an individual has a certain medical condition that could prevent them from operating a vehicle in a safe and reliable manner. Although it is still possible to obtain a license, the driver may be required to furnish proper documentation such as a doctor’s note or results of a vision test provided by a licensed optometrist.
Unlike a suspended license which can be reinstated, when DDS revokes a driver’s license, it is deemed to be permanently invalid. If driving privileges are restored, the driver will have to re-apply and be issued a new license. The rules for license revocation vary by state, but some of the more common reasons include repeat DUI offenses and making false statements on your DDS application form.
License suspension is by far the most common way to lose your driving privileges. A suspension means that you temporarily lose your driving privileges for a specific period of time. However, you may reinstate your driver’s license once that time has passed and you have fulfilled any additional requirements.
According to the Georgia DDS website, six of the most common reasons for license suspension include:
- Excessive speeding
- Failure to meet child support obligations
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to appear in court
- Operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance
- Accumulation of points on a driver’s license
Once your license has been suspended, you can have it reinstated, but the terms and rules for reinstatement vary depending on the violation and the circumstances of your conviction. For more information on how to get your license reinstated, visit the Georgia Department of Driver Services website.
Drivers of commercial vehicles are subject to many of the same regulations as those driving non-commercial vehicles, and even more. In addition to the standard reasons for a suspension, a commercial driver’s license can be suspended for failing to report an accident, hitting an object or parked car and not reporting it, and even failing to follow proper railroad crossing procedures.
Getting Your Driving Privileges Back
If you’ve recently had your license suspended, there are certain things you’ll be required to do in order to get it back. One such requirement may be to take a Defensive Driving or DUI/Risk Reduction Course. The Risk Reduction course is mandated by law for people convicted of a DUI or DWI. The Risk Reduction course is designed to teach drivers about safe driving behaviors. Risk Reduction courses may be court-ordered or taken for driver’s license reinstatement. In some instances, drivers may also choose to take a Georgia Defensive Driving course as a means to reduce points on their license or reduce their insurance premiums. If you wish to qualify for points reduction, you must successfully complete a certified Georgia Defensive Driving course and present the original certificate of completion to the DDS.
Contact AGLC DUI School
If you live in the Metro Atlanta area and need to take a Risk Reduction or Defensive Driving course, contact AGLC DUI School. We are DDS-approved and we offer classes several times a month so you can complete your training quickly and easily. Upon completion, you’ll immediately be provided a certificate of completion which you can submit to Georgia DDS or your insurance company.
We make it easy to sign up — simply check out our list of classes and register online. We’re located in Duluth, just a short drive from Atlanta. Still have questions about our classes? Give us a call or submit your question through our website and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have!