Is Idling Illegal in Georgia?

These days, there seems to be a never-ending debate over climate change and sustainability. “Gas-guzzling” vehicles are almost always at the center of this debate, and this has led to a number of new laws in Georgia that aim to promote sustainability and lower emissions. Most people want to do their part to help the environment and keep the air clean. But could you really face legal penalties for something as simple as idling? Some drivers might not be aware of Georgia’s idling laws until they find themselves with an expensive traffic ticket. But what exactly are Georgia’s idling laws? Perhaps more importantly, how can you fight your idling ticket?

Normal Idling Laws in Georgia 

The normal idling laws in Georgia are quite straightforward. You cannot idle for more than 15 minutes in any public space. This means that idling on your own property is perfectly acceptable for whatever period of time you see fit. For example, you might be idling in your driveway or on a dirt road leading to your home. 

The Temperature Matters

That being said, the time limit increases when it gets cold. Specifically, you may idle for more than 25 minutes if the outdoor temperature is less than 32 degrees. The logic here is simple: The state recognizes the necessity of idling for a few minutes in order to warm up your car. Many people do this before a morning commute – and it may be especially important for elderly people or those vulnerable to the cold. 

Check Your Local Laws

Idling laws may change depending on your municipality. Because of this, it is always worth checking your municipal ordinances if you want to respect idling laws and avoid tickets. For example, Savannah’s laws simply state that “engines should not be left idling except for authorized maintenance vehicles.” This implies that the city has a zero-tolerance policy for idling and that you might face tickets if you idle even for a few minutes. 

How Much is an Idling Ticket in Georgia?

It is possible to face a fine of up to $500 for idling in Georgia. Some municipalities even state that the minimum fine for idling is $500. Needless to say, it is worth fighting these tickets. 

Where Can I Find a Traffic Attorney in Georgia?

If you want to fight your traffic ticket, you are going to need help from an experienced traffic attorney in Georgia. Choose Lankford & Moore Law, and with our assistance, you can appeal your ticket, keep points off your license, and continue driving without any interference. You should not have to face serious legal penalties for something as simple as idling. Book your consultation now to explore your options and get started with an effective action plan. 


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