Written by attorney John Clinton McCaffery

Georgia Super Speeder Law and Penalties

GEORGIA “SUPER SPEEDER" LAW AND PENALTIES On January 1, 2010, assessment of penalties provided in Georgia's “Super Speeder" Law began. O.C.G.A. 40-6-189. (b) provides that; “[i]n addition to any other fines or penalties imposed by any local jurisdiction or the department, the department shall administer and collect a fee of $200.00 from any driver who is convicted of driving at a speed of 85 miles per hour or more on any road or highway or 75 miles per hour or more on any two-lane road or highway, as defined in Code Section 40-6-187. Such a driver, upon conviction, shall be classified as a 'super speeder.'" Any speeding ticket reported to the Georgia Department of Driver's Services that fits the super speeder definition will result in an additional $200.00 fine to be paid to the State of Georgia and collected by the Department of Drivers Services. Speed limits on significant portions of many Georgia Interstates are 70 mph. A speeding ticket that alleges a speed of 85 mph, 15 mph over the posted speed limit, would initiate super speeder treatment. The Department of Driver's Services will send you a notice and demand for payment. The notice will be provided via first class mail to the address listed on the your driver's license. It is not necessary under the law that you receive the notice if the Department of Driver Services can establish that the notice was mailed to the address on your driver's license. If the additional fine is not paid within 90 days of notice, your driver's license will be suspended and an additional fine of $50 will be assessed. The cost to reinstate a license suspended in the super speeder law is therefore $250.00. Many courts and prosecutors are not advising people that they are subject to additional state fines when a speeding ticket is resolved in their court. The first encounter many individuals are having with the super speeder law is a notice in the mailbox that demands $200.00. Insurance companies include speeding tickets in their premium calculations for new and existing clients and may include the 'super speeder' definition as a reason to further increase your premiums. A speeding ticket can have implications and costs far beyond the initial fine. As with any legal matter, your best course of action is to consult an experienced attorney before you take any action.

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