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"Super Speeder" Laws in Georgia

States around the country have almost unanimously enacted some sort of “Super Speeder” law. The stated purpose of these laws is, as always, to “save lives”. Of course, the reality is that these laws are designed to funnel more taxpayer money from you to some government office.  

Anyone who violates the absurdly-named Super Speeder law is subject to an additional $200 fine. Anyone who thinks these fines are somehow a good thing should simply ask themselves why they weren’t in effect 20 or 30 years ago when cars were FAR less safe than they are today. Furthermore, if “speed kills”, as they say, why don’t ALL speeding citations have an additional $200 tacked on? This law won’t save lives, but it will create plenty of additional hardship for Georgia drivers.

In general the Super Speeder law applies to anyone caught speeding at over 75 miles per hour on any two-lane road, or 85 miles per hour anywhere else. This $200 tax is paid to the Department of Driver Services (DDS). This means that you get to pay, both, your local tax feeders for the general speeding fine along with the State-level tax parasites for being a “Super Speeder”. Apparently, the State of Georgia was tired of being left out of this financial pot of gold. The Super Speeder law makes them the silent partner of your local “law enforcement” agency.

The only good news here is that the fee alone has no bearing on the points that will be assessed to your license. That’s still wholly tied to the actual speed vs. the speed  limit.

If the municipal (or county) court doesn’t handle payment of the fee for you, you will have to mail it, separately, to the Georgia DDS or pay the fee online. If you don’t do so within 120 days of the notice’s date, your driver’s license will be suspended. Should you fail to pay the fee before your license is suspended, you’ll have to fork over an additional $50 to have your license reinstated too.

You may need to talk to an Atlanta traffic citation attorney if you’ve been charged under this statute or you’ll be facing some serious out-of-pocket expenses.

Should you wish to consult with an Atlanta-area traffic attorney, please visit my website at www.carnellfirm.com. You can email me at jason@carnellfirm.com or call at 770-729-4809.

- Jason Carnell

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