Georgia Among Several States with Harsher Penalties for Speeding
GEORGIA – September 11, 2018 (auto.howstuffworks.com) An article online at auto.howstuffworks.com discusses five states’ harsher speeding penalties, including Georgia’s Super Speeder Law.
In 2016, speeding was a factor in 27 percent of fatal traffic crashes, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that speed-related crashes cost about $40.4 billion annually. To address the issue of speeding, many states, including Georgia, have passed stricter laws applicable to lead-footed drivers.
Georgia’s “Super Speeder” Law went into effect in January 2010 and was designed to deter excessive or repeat instances of speeding by imposing higher fines on violators. The law, HB 160, adds $200 in fines onto the standard speeding fines for drivers convicted of driving 75 mph or faster on any two-lane road in Georgia. The extra $200 also applies to any drivers convicted of driving 85 mph or faster anywhere in the state of Georgia.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety says the law is supposed to “get tough on high-risk drivers who’ve been endangering other motorists and ignoring warnings to slow down.” Each day in Georgia, a speed-related motor vehicle accident results in at least one person’s death. By piling on additional fines, authorities and lawmakers hope to see a reduction in the number of tragedies caused by speeding drivers. Speeding places people at tremendous risk because it is much easier to lose control of a vehicle when speeding, and drivers have far less time to react to situations when they are speeding.
Drivers who do not pay the Georgia Super Speeder fines will be subject to an additional $50 fine, along with suspension of their driver’s licenses. All fees collected under the Super Speeder Law are given to trauma care facilities in Georgia. These facilities report that 60 percent of their patients are vehicle accident victims.
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