On average there is a speed-related death-a-day in Georgia. On January 1, 2010, the Georgia Super Speeder Law went into effect. In efforts to make the roads safer, this law is designed to get tough on high-risk drivers who have been endangering other motorists and ignoring warning to slow down. Georgia Law HB160 helps put the brakes on Super Speeders.
What is a “Super Speeder?” Any driver convicted of violating HB160. Violation of this law includes travelling (1) 75 mph or more on a 2 lane road or (2) 85 mph or more anywhere in Georgia.
How much will this ticket cost me? Not only will you be charged with the normal fees for speeding in that county, the law tacks on additional $200 state fines for any driver convicted of super speeding.
What will my paid fees fund? Any fees collected under the Super Speeder Law will be used to fund Georgia’s trauma care hospital system. Did you know that approximately 60% of all trauma care patients were involved in crash-related accidents? Super speeders will now pay for the additional hospital beds where their crash victims are being treated.
The Associated Press reports that though the state has issued more than 116,000 Super Speeder citations (totaling upward of $25 million) since 2009, they have to date only collected about 41% of those funds. Since Law HB160 was put into force, there has been much uproar about the fees associated with the law. Many travelers through Georgia that get caught speeding don’t realize that they are considered a “Super Speeder” until months after the initial ticket is given. Once they pay the first ticket, they then get a “Super Speeder” notice in the mail. In fact, many think it is a scam because the police officer didn’t specifically tell them they were super speeding, he just simply gave them a normal citation. Since they already paid the initial ticket, they automatically omit guilt which makes fighting a Super Speeder ticket even harder.
Regardless of the fees and conflicts associated with it, the Super Speeder law was designed to make our roads safer. To avoid accidents, injuries and heavy fines, take the safe route and don’t speed.
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Founder of The Casto Law Firm, Mark Casto began his career in the Office of District Attorney where he prosecuted numerous cases and was specifically assigned to prosecute child victim crimes. Currently he focuses on the areas of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect, motor vehicle accidents, motor carrier/transportation liability (tractor trailer accidents), premises liability and product liability.