This past Memorial Day weekend many people in Georgia and from out-of-state took a road trip, some for the first time in more than a year. But for some, the holiday fun was cut short when they received traffic ticket for violating Georgia’s “super speeder law.”
What is a super speeder under Georgia law?
Under Georgia law, a driver violates state super speeder laws if they are convicted of driving 75 mph or greater on a two-lane road or 85 mph or greater on any road or highway in the state. Not only are super speeders subjected to fines and fees in the jurisdiction where the offence occurred, but they will also have to pay an additional state super speeder fee in the amount of $200. Motorists have 120 days to pay the super speeder fee or their driver’s license will be suspended. To have their license reinstated will cost a super speeder $50. Out-of-state motorists who receive a super speeder ticket in Georgia are subject to the same requirements and penalties as Georgia residents.
How to contest a super speeder citation
There is a procedure in Georgia for contesting traffic citations, including super speeder tickets. First, examine your traffic ticket. It should contain your court date on the “Section IV: Summons” part of the citation. Second, appear in court on your scheduled court date. If you do not appear on your court date, your driver’s license may be suspended until a resolution is reached in your case. During your court appearance, you will make your plea to the judge who will then issue a ruling. You can plead guilty and pay the applicable fine, plead not guilty and ask for a trial by jury or you can plead “no contest.” If you pled not guilty a verdict will be rendered at the end of your trial.
Learn more about traffic violations in Georgia
A speeding ticket can certainly ruin your holiday fun as well as set you back financially. Moreover, if your driver’s license is suspended you will find it difficult to get to work, attend medical appointments and run necessary errands. For this reason, it is important to understand Georgia’s speeding laws. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Our firm’s webpage on traffic violations may be a useful resource for those who want to learn more about this topic.