Your future goals may include college, a new career, a professional license and many other hopes and dreams. An arrest for speeding in Georgia could affect the plans you have, and not for the better. The state of Georgia is serious about stopping motorists who exceed the speed limit, and in 2010, the “Super Speeder Law” was put into effect.
Speeding is categorized as a form of aggressive driving behavior. Many people speed either because they are running late or because they become frustrated with slow-moving traffic. However, this is a type of behavior that endangers not only the driver, but any motorists in the surrounding area. In the first place, there is the potential for losing control of the vehicle. Furthermore, the ability to stop in time to avoid a collision is reduced and, if there is a crash, a greater potential for severe injuries.
The costs of the new law
Statistics show that there is a fatality related to speeding every day in Georgia. Driver safety is, therefore, the focus of HB160, better known as the Super Speeder Law, and the statute targets high-risk drivers with the promise of hefty fines. In addition to any local fees to be charged in the jurisdiction where the offense takes place, there will be additional state fees. A driver clocked at 75 mph on a two-lane road or convicted of driving at 85 mph or more will pay $200 in addition to the local fees. If the driver fails to pay, the state will tack on another $50. The fees are being used to assist the trauma care system in which some 60 percent of patients suffered crash-related injuries.
For most people, speeding is not normal behavior, and that makes an arrest as a Super Speeder all the more frightening. If you are charged with speeding, you will have to pay the associated fees or risk losing your driver’s license. Keep in mind that you are dealing with an offense that will go on your record and could have an adverse impact on your future plans.