2020 Georgia Code
Title 40 - Motor Vehicles and Traffic
Chapter 6 - Uniform Rules of the Road
Article 9 - Speed Restrictions
§ 40-6-180. Basic Rules

Universal Citation: GA Code § 40-6-180 (2020)

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.

(Ga. L. 1953, Nov.-Dec. Sess., p. 556, § 48; Code 1933, § 68A-801, enacted by Ga. L. 1975, p. 1582, § 1; Ga. L. 1990, p. 2048, § 5.)


Official signs afford same protection as official devices.

- Official traffic control signs, such as "Men Working," "Watch for Mowers," and "Survey Party," afford the same legal protection that is afforded by other official traffic control devices. 1970 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 70-55.


Am. Jur. 2d.

- 7A Am. Jur. 2d, Automobiles and Highway Traffic, § 274.


- 60A C.J.S., Motor Vehicles, § 671 et seq.


- Excuse for exceeding speed limit for automobiles, 29 A.L.R. 883.

Right of way at street or highway intersections, 37 A.L.R. 493; 47 A.L.R. 595.

Driving automobile at speed which prevents stopping within range of vision as negligence, 97 A.L.R. 546.

Liability of state, municipality, or public agency for vehicle accident occurring because of accumulation of water on street or highway, 61 A.L.R.2d 425.

Necessity and propriety of instruction as to prima facie speed limit, 87 A.L.R.2d 539.

Indefiniteness of automobile speed regulations as affecting validity, 6 A.L.R.3d 1326.

Opinion testimony as to speed of motor vehicle based on skid marks and other facts, 29 A.L.R.3d 248.

Automobiles: sudden emergency as exception to rule requiring motorist to maintain ability to stop within assured clear distance ahead, 75 A.L.R.3d 327.

Motor vehicle operator's liability for accident occurring while driving with vision obscured by smoke or steam, 32 A.L.R.4th 933.

Criminal liability for street racing (drag racing), 89 A.L.R.6th 565.

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