Georgia Super Speeder Law
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If you’re a Georgia driver, then you have probably heard about Georgia’s new Super Speeder Law, which went into effect on January 1, 2010. But do you know exactly what this new law means for you? Regardless of how often you drive, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the Georgia Super Speeder Law and the repercussions of breaking it.
Despite the state’s already hefty speeding fines, Georgia lawmakers have ruled that convicted “super speeders” should now be fined an additional $200 for excessive speeding. This is defined as driving above 74 mph on a two-lane road or above 84 mph on any road in the state.
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While a $200 fine may not sound expensive, it is important to note that this amount is in addition to the regular citation fee. Although these fees vary from area to area, they typically range from one to several hundred dollars; in DeKalb County, for example, the fine for speeding 80 mph in a 55 mph zone is $267, while in the City of Atlanta, that same ticket will cost you over $400…and that’s before the $200 Super Speeder Fee is tacked on!
It doesn’t end there, however—under the new law, a super speeding conviction is equivalent to a reckless driving offense, which is a criminal misdemeanor. This means that if you are convicted of super speeding, your sentence may include additional fines, mandated drivers education, a license suspension, or even jail time. In addition, if anyone ever runs a criminal background check on you—a standard procedure for many employers—your super speeding conviction will show up.
Also like reckless driving, once you have been found guilty of super speeding, you will be deemed a “high-risk” driver by your automobile insurance company. What does this mean? Well, if your current policy isn’t dropped altogether, you can expect to pay an exorbitant amount of money for coverage.
Fortunately, with the right attorney at your side, you may be able to reduce your super speeding charge or even have it dismissed entirely. When compared to the hefty fees you face and the inflated insurance costs, hiring an attorney can actually save you money. Call our attorneys today to learn how we can help keep the Georgia Super Speeder Law and the repercussions of super speeding from impacting your future.