Traffic Enforcement (37)
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Date of Last Recorded Action: 5/10/2019

HB 0079 NeutralRequire Law Enforcement to Purge Tag Reader Information John Pezold
7/1/2018 Effective Date Public Safety and Homeland Security Public Safety -
2018/02/16 Report 2018/03/09 Report Debra Nesbit Econ. Dev. & Transportation General County Government
Law Enforcement Open Records/Meetings Act Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
This legislation allows law enforcement to use high speed cameras to capture images of license plates.  However, the data captured from the images may not be used for anything other than law enforcement purposes.  The data must be destroyed no later than 30 months after it is collected unless the data is needed for law enforcement purposes.  The collected data is exempt from the open records law.
HB 0150 NeutralState Road and Tollway Authority: Failure to Pay Alan Powell
7/1/2018 Effective Date Transportation Transportation -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons Kathleen Bowen Public Safety and Courts Revenue & Finance
Traffic Enforcement Transportation
This legislation allows the State Road and Tollway Authority to place a hold on the motor vehicle registration of a vehicle upon which a toll was not paid.  It also allows for setoff of the amount owed on income tax refunds.
HB 0163 WatchProhibition for Use of Wireless Devices While Operating a School Bus Betty Price
1/31/2017 House Second Readers Public Safety and Homeland Security --
Debra Nesbit Econ. Dev. & Transportation EMS/Ambulance Fire Services Law Enforcement
Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
This legislation prohibits the use of handheld wireless telecommunication devices while driving.  An exception is provided for law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS personnel and ambulance drivers during the performance of their duties.
HB 0235 NeutralSpeed Limit Posting in Urban or Residential Districts Spencer Frye
2/7/2017 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
2017/02/03-Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Law Enforcement Mandate
Public Safety and Courts Roads Traffic Enforcement
This legislation decreases the lowest speed limit that counties can establish on roads in an urban or residential district from 25 to 20 miles per hour.
HB 0248 NeutralAutomated Driving System Rules Trey Kelley
2/8/2017 House Second Readers Transportation --
2017/02/10 - Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Public Safety and Courts Revenue & Finance
Traffic Enforcement
This legislaton creates rules and regulations to provide for the operation of motor vehicles with automated driving systems on public roads.
HB 0298 NeutralChatham County; Recorder's Court; revise provisions Ron Stephens
2/10/2017 House Second Readers Intragovernmental Coordination --
Local Legislation Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
HB 0328 NeutralGDOT Revisions to FlexAuto Lanes Sam Watson
7/1/2017 Effective Date Transportation Transportation -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Public Safety and Courts Roads Traffic Enforcement
Transportation
This legislation, supported by the Georgia Department of Transportation, updates rules of the road, addresses the weight of idle reducing technology and would remove the time and location limit regarding the use of "FlexAuto" lanes. 
HB 0438 NeutralOff-Road Vehicle Restrictions in Public Spaces Patricia Gardner
3/30/2017 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Motor Vehicles --
2017/02/24 - Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation General County Government Kathleen Bowen Law Enforcement
Public Safety and Courts Roads Traffic Enforcement
This legislation limits the ability to drive off-road vehicles on a highway or in a public space in a manner which poses a direct threat of harm to persons or property. 
HB 0451 NegotiatingExceptions to County Road Restrictions James Epps
3/30/2017 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Governmental Affairs --
2017/02/24 - Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation General County Government Kathleen Bowen Law Enforcement
Preemption Public Safety and Courts Roads Traffic Enforcement
This legislation requires counties and cities to allow vehicles weighing over 36,000 pounds or longer than 30 feet to use any county and city roads if the vehicle is making a delivery on the road, using the road as the route to make a delivery or pick up, providing service on the road, or if avoiding the road would cause the driver to go more than ten miles out of the most direct route. This legislation allows counties and cities to adopt a local ordinance that would make the driver justify the presence of their vehicle on a restricted road.  
HB 0458 SupportAllow Automated Speed and Traffic Safety Devices in School Zones without Permit Alan Powell
3/6/2017 Senate Read and Referred Public Safety and Homeland Security Government Oversight -
2017/03/06 - Report Debra Nesbit Econ. Dev. & Transportation Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
Sheriff Solicitors Traffic Enforcement
This legislation changes the use of radar and automated traffic enforcement safety devices, to allow an agent to operate automated devices without a permit or P.O.S.T. certification in school zones.
HB 0472 NeutralMotor Vehicles - Rules for Speed Coordination (Platooning) James Epps
7/1/2017 Effective Date Public Safety and Homeland Security Transportation -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
This legislation provides that the non lead vehicle in a procession when speed is coordinated automatically is exempt from the prohibition against following too closely.
HB 0474 SupportDriver's Manual Shall Include Best Practices for Drivers During a Traffic Stop Carolyn Hugley
1/8/2018 Senate Recommitted Public Safety and Homeland Security Public Safety -
Debra Nesbit Econ. Dev. & Transportation Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
This legislation requires that the drivers' manual developed by the Department of Driver Services include best practices during a traffic stop by law enforcement.
HB 0529 EvaluatingAnimal Welfare - Illegal to Transport Critters in Back of Truck Karla Drenner
3/6/2017 House Second Readers Agriculture & Consumer Affairs --
Agriculture Animal Control Code Enforcement Criminal Procedure Farm
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons General County Government Law Enforcement Preemption Public Safety and Courts
Todd Edwards Traffic Enforcement
This legislation prohibits carrying live animals in the backs of trucks on Interstates.  Certain farm-related purposes/animals are exempted.  The bill also preempts county and city ordinances, as well as caps fines associated with, the transportation of live animals in the back of vehicles on the interstate.
HB 0672 NeutralLocal School Boards May Apply for and Use Speed Detection Devices Erica Thomas
2/6/2018 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Public Safety and Homeland Security --
2018/01/12 Report Debra Nesbit Econ. Dev. & Transportation Law Enforcement Public Safety and Courts
Traffic Enforcement
 This legislation adds local school boards to law enforcement agencies that may apply for and use speed detection devices for the patrol of public elementary or secondary schools.
HB 0673 NeutralProhibit Distracted Driving John Carson
7/1/2018 Effective Date Judiciary - Non-Civil Judiciary -
2018/01/12 Report 2018/02/23 Report 2018/03/2 Report 2018/03/23 Report Debra Nesbit
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Fire Services Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement Transportation
This legislation creates the offense(s) of violation of usage of a wireless telecommunications device, which prohibits the use of the device for texting, receiving or sending text, or talking on a wireless device while driving.    The fine shall be $50.00 for the first conviction; the second conviction the fine shall be $100.00; and the third offense shall be $150.00, no additional surcharges shall be assessed on any fine for distracted driving.  There is a provision that if proof is presented to the court on the first offense that the driver purchased a hands free device for future use, the charge shall be dismissed.  There is a specific exemption for law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS or any public safety first responder during the performance of their duties.
HB 0774 NeutralStatewide Regulations for Booting Vehicles Alan Powell
2/20/2018 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Public Safety and Homeland Security --
2018/02/09 Report 2018/02/23 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation General County Government Kathleen Bowen
Land Use/Zoning Law Enforcement Preemption Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
This legislation defines and sets statewide standards for vehicle immobilization devices and services - commonly known as "booting". In addition, this bill states that booting would be prohibited in a jurisdiction unless the local government passes an ordinance allowing booting.
HB 0813 NeutralAllows Previous DUI Convictions to be used in Prosecution Christian Coomer
2/6/2018 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
Criminal Procedure Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
This legislation allows previous convictions for DUI to be used in prosecution of another violations when the defendant refuses the state administered breath test.
HB 0855 NegotiatingIncrease in Joshua's Law Add-on Fee to all Traffic Violations John Deffenbaugh
2/13/2018 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Public Safety and Homeland Security --
2018/02/09 Report Debra Nesbit Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
This legislation doubles the amount of the fine add on to all traffic violations to fund driver training (Joshua's Law) from 1.5 percent of fine to 3 percent of fine.
HB 0860 NeutralCriminal Sanctions for Hosting Under 21 Events with Alcohol Emory Dunahoo
2/12/2018 House Second Readers Judiciary - Non-Civil --
Alcohol/Tobacco Criminal Procedure Debra Nesbit General County Government Health and Human Services
Juveniles Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
This legislation sets forth criminal sanctions for hosting an event where alcohol is served to persons under age 21.
HR 0282 SupportHouse Study Committee on Distracted Driving; create John Carson
3/30/2017 House Passed/Adopted Special Rules --
Debra Nesbit Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement
This legislation creates the House Study Committee on Distracted Driving.
HR 1539 SupportStudy Committee on Technology and Taxation in the Public Right of Way Brett Harrell
3/19/2018 House Second Readers Transportation --
Broadband Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Eminent Domain/Condemnation Franchise Fees
General County Government Preemption Public Safety and Courts Revenue & Finance Roads
Telecommunications Todd Edwards Traffic Enforcement Utilities
This resolution, mirroring SR 1019, creates the House study committee on Advanced Communications Technologies and the Use of State and Local Government Right of Way.  The study committee (made up of five House members, one mayor, one county commissioner and three experts on communications deployment or taxation issues) will study state and local laws/regulations pertaining to the use public right of way to deploy advanced broadband, video and voice technologies; whether these advanced technologies are, or should be, treated differently than current technologies in terms of regulation, taxation and other matters; and whether state laws should be changed in this area.        
SB 0054 NeutralAutonomous Vehicle Testing on Public Highways Joshua McKoon
1/25/2017 Senate Read and Referred -Transportation -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Public Safety and Courts Traffic Enforcement Transportation
This legislation allows for the use of autonomous vehicles on public highways for testing purposes. 
SB 0142 SupportAutomated Traffic Safety Devices in School Zones John Kennedy
2/9/2017 Senate Read and Referred -Government Oversight -
2017/02/10 - Report Clerk of Court Debra Nesbit General County Government Law Enforcement
Open Records/Meetings Act Probate Court Public Safety and Courts Solicitors State Court
Superior Court Traffic Enforcement
This legislation allows and sets forth guidelines for the use of automatic traffic enforcement safety devices in school zones by local sheriffs and law enforcement.
SB 0154 EvaluatingAdditional Penalties for Assault and Battery Against Public Safety Officer While on Duty Gregory Kirk
3/27/2018 House Passed/Adopted By Substitute Judiciary Non-Civil Public Safety -
2017/02/17-Report Correctional Institutions/Jail Criminal Procedure Debra Nesbit District Attorneys
Econ. Dev. & Transportation EMS/Ambulance Fire Services Juveniles Law Enforcement
Magistrate Court Probate Court Probation Public Safety and Courts Solicitors
State Court Superior Court Traffic Enforcement
This legislation provides for tort liability for those who commit an offense of aggravated assault and aggravated battery against a public safety officer, as well as for the parents of any youth who commit the offense.  There is also an additional penalty assessed dedicated to the Georgia State Indemnification Fund.  The language from this legislation was added to SB 160 "Back the Badge".
SB 0160 SupportBack the Badge Act Tyler Harper
7/1/2017 Effective Date Judiciary Non-Civil Public Safety -
2017/02/17-Report 2017/03/17 - Report Clerk of Court Correctional Institutions/Jail Criminal Procedure
Debra Nesbit District Attorneys EMS/Ambulance Fire Services Health and Human Services
Juveniles Law Enforcement Magistrate Court Probate Court Probation
Public Safety and Courts Sheriff Solicitors State Court Superior Court
Traffic Enforcement
This legislation provides exclusive jurisdiction of 13 to 17 year olds who commit an offense of aggravated assault or aggravated battery against a public safety official.  This legislation includes HB 116, HB 258, and SB 154 which gives superior court full jurisdiction for juvenile cases involving aggravated assault, increasing sentences for assaulting a police officer, and additional penalties for those convicted of assaulting a public safety officer while on duty.
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